Video surveillance using distance maps

Theo E. Schouten, Harco C. Kuppens, Egon van den Broek

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    Human vigilance is limited; hence, automatic motion and distance detection is one of the central issues in video surveillance. Hereby, many aspects are of importance, this paper specially addresses: efficiency, achieving real-time performance, accuracy, and robustness against various noise factors. To obtain fully controlled test environments, an artificial development center for robot navigation is introduced in which several parameters can be set (e.g., number of objects, trajectories and type and amount of noise). In the videos, for each following frame, movement of stationary objects is detected and pixels of moving objects are located from which moving objects are identified in a robust way. An Exact Euclidean Distance Map (E2DM) is utilized to determine accurately the distances between moving and stationary objects. Together with the determined distances between moving objects and the detected movement of stationary objects, this provides the input for detecting unwanted situations in the scene. Further, each intelligent object (e.g., a robot), is provided with its E2DM, allowing the object to plan its course of action. Timing results are specified for each program block of the processing chain for 20 different setups. So, the current paper presents extensive, experimentally controlled research on real-time, accurate, and robust motion detection for video surveillance, using E2DMs, which makes it a unique approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReal-Time Image Processing 2006
    EditorsNasser Kehtarnavaz, Phillip A, Laplante
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2006
    EventReal-Time Image Processing - San Jose, CA, USA
    Duration: 16 Jan 200616 Jan 2006

    Publication series

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


    ConferenceReal-Time Image Processing
    Other16 January 2006


    • EWI-21112
    • HMI-CI: Computational Intelligence
    • HMI-VRG: Virtual Reality and Graphics
    • Real Time
    • IR-58734
    • video surveillance
    • Distance maps
    • METIS-235423
    • Noise


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