Motion of disturbances: Detection and tracking of multi-body non-rigid motion

Gilad Halevy, Daphna Weinshall

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We present a new approach to the tracking of very non-rigid patterns of motion, such as water flowing down a stream. The algorithm is based on a `disturbance map', which is obtained by linearly subtracting the temporal average of the previous frames from the new frame. Every local motion creates a disturbance having the form of a wave, with a `head' at the present position of the motion and a historical `tail' that indicates the previous locations of that motion. These disturbances serve as loci of attraction for `tracking particles' that are scattered throughout the image. The algorithm is very fast and can be performed in real time. We provide excellent tracking results on various complex sequences, using both stabilized and moving cameras, showing a busy ant column, waterfalls, rapids and flowing streams, shoppers in a mall, and cars in a traffic intersection.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)122-137
Number of pages16
JournalMachine Vision and Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1999


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