Speeding Up Tracking by Ignoring Features

Lu Zhang, Hamdi Dibeklioglu, Laurens van der Maaten; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2014, pp. 1266-1273


Most modern object trackers combine a motion prior with sliding-window detection, using binary classifiers that predict the presence of the target object based on histogram features. Although the accuracy of such trackers is generally very good, they are often impractical because of their high computational requirements. To resolve this problem, the paper presents a new approach that limits the computational costs of trackers by ignoring features in image regions that --- after inspecting a few features --- are unlikely to contain the target object. To this end, we derive an upper bound on the probability that a location is most likely to contain the target object, and we ignore (features in) locations for which this upper bound is small. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our new approach in experiments with model-free and model-based trackers that use linear models in combination with HOG features. The results of our experiments demonstrate that our approach allows us to reduce the average number of inspected features by up to 90% without affecting the accuracy of the tracker.

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author = {Zhang, Lu and Dibeklioglu, Hamdi and van der Maaten, Laurens},
title = {Speeding Up Tracking by Ignoring Features},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2014}