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Object Tracking by Using Optical Flows and Edges

  • Yoshiaki Shirai
  • Yasushi Mae
  • Shin’ya Yamamoto
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Abstract

This paper describes real time object tracking in a complex background by extracting optical flows, and integration of optical flows and contrast. In real time tracking, optical flows are calculated based on the generalized gradient model. The system is a linear array processor capable of processing directly TV images in real time. Our system detects a moving object, and tracks it from the optical flow data. The system controls a camera head to follow the object. Although the background moves, the movement of the object is discriminated from the background.

If two objects should be tracked simultaneously, each object is tracked simultaneously. When two objects overlap, foreground object is recognized, and each object is tracked without confusion.

If an object stops or overlaps with another object with a similar motion, edged extracted from an intensity image is used together with optical flows. While the object is moving, the contour is extracted using optical flows and the contrast. When the object cannot be tracked only with optical flows, the edge information is used to determine the the object contour.

Keywords

Optical Flow Null Point Foreground Object Flow Vector Object Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshiaki Shirai
    • 1
  • Yasushi Mae
    • 1
  • Shin’ya Yamamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer-Controlled Machinery, Faculty of EngineeringOsaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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