Title: Visual tracking by particle filtering in a dynamic environment

Authors: Guocheng Liu, Yongji Wang

Addresses: Department of Automation, School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430072, China. ' Department of Control Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074, China

Abstract: An improved particle filter algorithm was presented to track a moving target under natural environment, in which the colour histogram was integrated with the measurement model, the latest observations were taken into account and the system model is the second order autoregressive process. The proposed method can deal with rotation and scale transformation, variations in the light source and partial occlusions and the tracked target can be rigid or non-rigid. The demonstration examples showed that the method can track the target with robustness in real-time.

Keywords: particle filtering; visual tracking; colour histogram; moving targets; measurement modelling; rotation; scale transformation; light source variations; partial occlusion.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIC.2010.033847

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, 2010 Vol.10 No.1/2, pp.72 - 80

Published online: 02 Jul 2010 *

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