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JCP 2010 Vol.5(10): 1606-1613 ISSN: 1796-203X
doi: 10.4304/jcp.5.10.1606-1613

Real Time Pedestrian Tracking using Thermal Infrared Imagery

Jianfu Li1, 2 and Weiguo Gong1
1 Key Laboratory for Optoelectronic Technology and System of the Education Ministry of China, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030, China
2 Department of Computer and Modern Education Technology, Chongqing Education College, Chongqing 400067, China


Abstract—In the study, a real time pedestrian tracking algortithm is presented using thermal infrared imagery. It makes use of the characteristics of pedestrian body regions in infrared images, which is based on a particle filter framework. The method constructs the regions of interest's (ROI) histogram representation in an intensity-distance projection space model, so as to hurdle the disadvantage of insufficient information when only intensity feature is considered. In addition, the tracking algorithm which embeds the above mentioned representation model in the particle filter framework and update the sample's representation model automatically. The experimental results are gained by using different infrared image sequences, which show that the proposed scheme achieves more robust and stable than the classical tracking method.

Index Terms—pedestrian tracking; infrared images; particle filter; intensity-distance projection; histogram representation

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Cite: Jianfu Li and Weiguo Gong, " Real Time Pedestrian Tracking using Thermal Infrared Imagery," Journal of Computers vol. 5, no. 10, pp. 1606-1613, 2010.

General Information

ISSN: 1796-203X
Abbreviated Title: J.Comput.
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Liansheng Tan
Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
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E-mail: jcp@iap.org
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