SKRWM based descriptor for pedestrian detection in thermal images

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2011 IEEE 13th International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP), 2011, pp. 1 - 6
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Pedestrian detection in a thermal image is a difficult task due to intrinsic challenges:1) low image resolution, 2) thermal noising, 3) polarity changes, 4) lack of color, texture or depth information. To address these challenges, we propose a novel mid-level feature descriptor for pedestrian detection in thermal domain, which combines pixel-level Steering Kernel Regression Weights Matrix (SKRWM) with their corresponding covariances. SKRWM can properly capture the local structure of pixels, while the covariance computation can further provide the correlation of low level feature. This mid-level feature descriptor not only captures the pixel-level data difference and spatial differences of local structure, but also explores the correlations among low-level features. In the case of human detection, the proposed mid-level feature descriptor can discriminatively distinguish pedestrian from complexity. For testing the performance of proposed feature descriptor, a popular classifier framework based on Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) is also built. Overall, our experimental results show that proposed approach has overcome the problems caused by background subtraction in [1] while attains comparable detection accuracy compared to the state-of-the-arts.
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