computer vision, pattern recognition, object detection
Detecting curved objects against cluttered backgrounds is a hard problem in computer vision. We present new low-level and mid-level features to function in these environments. The low-level features are fast to compute, because they employ an integral image approach, which makes them especially useful in real-time applications. The mid-level features are built from low-level features, and are optimized for curved object detection. The usefulness of these features is tested by designing an object detection algorithm using these features. Object detection is accomplished by transforming the mid-level features into weak classifiers, which then produce a strong classifier using AdaBoost. The resulting strong classifier is then tested on the problem of detecting heads with shoulders. On a database of over 500 images of people, cropped to contain head and shoulders, and with a diverse set of backgrounds, the detection rate is 90% while the false positive rate on a database of 500 negative images is less than 2%.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Prokaj, Jan, "Detecting Curved Objects Against Cluttered Backgrounds" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3502.