#97: Efficient feature extraction and likelihood fusion for vehicle tracking in low frame rate airborne video


Abstract

Very large format video or wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) acquired by an airborne camera sensor array is characterized by persistent observation over a large field-of-view with high spatial resolution but low frame rates (i.e. one to ten frames per second). Current WAMI sensors have sufficient coverage and resolution to track vehicles for many hours using just a single airborne platform. We have developed an interactive low frame rate tracking system based on a derived rich set of features for vehicle detection using appearance modeling combined with saliency estimation and motion prediction. Instead of applying subspace methods to very high-dimensional feature vectors, we tested the performance of feature fusion to locate the target of interest within the prediction window. Preliminary results show that fusing the feature likelihood maps improves detection but fusing feature maps combined with saliency information actually degrades performance.