Robust target detection and tracking in outdoor infrared video

Changchun Li, Nan Jiang, Jennie Si, Glen P. Abousleman

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8 Scopus citations

Abstract

Automated tracking of targets within outdoor infrared (IR) video sequences poses a host of challenges. These include automatic gain adjustment in the IR camera, extreme granularity, large luminance changes, and uncontrolled environmental factors such as moving foliage, animals, and birds, among others. To address these problems, we present an IR video target tracking system for stationary cameras that learns and divides the video frames into reliable and unreliable regions. A difference-frame-based method can recognize moving regions with high sensitivity and reliably discern background clutter from target motion. A low-complexity target validation process is presented, which in conjunction with the reliable region masking, dramatically reduces the number of false alarms. We demonstrate the outstanding performance of the proposed system using real-world IR video sequences with difficult background motion clutter, as well as with small and blurred moving targets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP
Pages1489-1492
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 16 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Mar 31 2008Apr 4 2008

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Other

Other2008 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period3/31/084/4/08

Keywords

  • Infrared video
  • Reliable region
  • Target detection
  • Target tracking
  • Tracking-based detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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