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Transductive People Tracking in Unconstrained Surveillance

Abstract: Long term tracking of people in unconstrained scenarios is still an open problem due to the absence of constant elements in the problem setting. The camera, when active, may move and both the background and the target appearance may change abruptly leading to the inadequacy of most standard tracking techniques. We propose to exploit a learning approach that considers the tracking task as a semi supervised learning (SSL) problem. Given few target samples the aim is to search the target occurrences in the video stream re-interpreting the problem as label propagation on a similarity graph. We propose a solution based on graph transduction that works iteratively frame by frame. Additionally, in order to avoid drifting, we introduce an update strategy based on an evolutionary clustering technique that chooses the visual templates that better describe target appearance evolving the model during the processing of the video. Since we model people appearance by means of covariance matrices on color and gradient information our framework is directly related to structure learning on Riemannian manifolds. Tests on publicly available datasets and comparisons with stateof- the-art techniques allow to conclude that our solution exhibit interesting performances in terms of tracking precision and recall in most of the considered scenarios.


Coppi, Dalia; Calderara, Simone; Cucchiara, Rita "Transductive People Tracking in Unconstrained Surveillance" IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS FOR VIDEO TECHNOLOGY, vol. 26, pp. 762 -775 , 2016 DOI: 10.1109/TCSVT.2015.2416555

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