Detecting Perceptual Color Changes from Sequential Images for Scene Surveillance

Mika RAUTIAINEN  Timo OJALA  Hannu KAUNISKANGAS  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E84-D   No.12   pp.1676-1683
Publication Date: 2001/12/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Machine Vision Applications)
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visual surveillance,  image differencing,  thresholding,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes a methodology for detecting matte-surfaced objects on a scene using color information and spatial thresholding. First, a difference image is obtained via a pixel-wise comparison of the color content of a 'clean' reference image and a sample image. Then, spatial thresholding of the difference image is performed to extract any objects of interest, followed by morphological post-processing to remove pixel noise. We study the applicability of two alternate color spaces (HSV, CIE Lab) for computing the difference image. Similarly, we employ two spatial thresholding methods, which determine the global threshold from the local spatial properties of the difference image. We demonstrate the performance of the proposed approach in scene surveillance, where the objective is to monitor a shipping dock for the appearance of needless objects such as cardboard boxes. In order to analyze the robustness of the approach, the experiment includes three different types of scenes categorized as 'easy,' 'moderate,' and 'difficult,' based on properties such as heterogeneity of the background, existence of shadows and illumination changes, and reflectivity and chroma properties of the objects. The experimental results show that relatively good recognition accuracy is achieved on 'easy' and 'moderate' scenes, whereas 'difficult' scenes remain a challenge for future work.