Inverse Perspective Transformation for Video Surveillance

Theo E. Schouten, Egon van den Broek

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    In this research, we are considering the use of the inverse perspective transformation in video surveillance applications that observe (and possible influence) scenes consisting of moving and stationary objects; e.g., people on a parking area. In previous research, objects were detected on video streams and identified as moving or stationary. Subsequently, distance maps were generated by the Fast Exact Euclidean Distance (FEED) transformation, which uses frame-to-frame information to generate distance maps for video frames in a fast manner. From the resulting distance maps, different kinds of surveillance parameters can be derived. The camera was placed above the scene, and hence, no inverse perspective transformation was needed. In this work,the case is considered the case that the camera is placed under an arbitrary angle on the side of the scene, which might be a more feasible placement than on the top. It will be shown that an image taken from a camera on the side can be easily and fast converted to an image as would be taken by a camera on the top. The allows the use of the previously developed methods after converting each frame of a video stream or only objects of interest detected on them.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationComputational Imaging VI
    EditorsCharles A. Bouman, Eric L. Miller, Ilya Pollak
    Place of PublicationBellingham, WA, USA
    PublisherSPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9780819469861
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2008
    EventComputational Imaging VI - San Jose, CA, USA
    Duration: 26 Jan 200831 Jan 2008

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE
    PublisherSPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X


    ConferenceComputational Imaging VI
    OtherJanuary 26-31, 2008


    • METIS-252709
    • Inverse perspective transformation
    • Euclidean Distance (FEED)
    • IR-58739
    • Fast Exact
    • distance maps/transforms
    • HMI-VRG: Virtual Reality and Graphics
    • HMI-CI: Computational Intelligence
    • EWI-21110
    • video surveillance
    • Fast Exact Euclidean Distance (FEED)

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