Wide View Imaging System Using Eight Random Access Image Sensors

Kenji IDE  Ryusuke KAWAHARA  Satoshi SHIMIZU  Takayuki HAMAMOTO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E90-C   No.10   pp.1884-1891
Publication Date: 2007/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e90-c.10.1884
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on VLSI Technology toward Frontiers of New Market)
Category: Image Sensor/Vision Chip
smart image sensor,  wide view imaging,  object tracking,  FPGA,  background subtraction,  

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We have investigated real-time object tracking using a wide view imaging system. For the system, we have designed and fabricated new smart image sensor with four functions effective in wide view imaging, such as a random access function. In this system, eight smart sensors and an octagonal mirror are used and each image obtained by the sensors is equivalent to a partial image of the wide view. In addition, by using an FPGA for processing, the circuits in this system can be scaled down and a panoramic image can be obtained in real time. For object tracking using this system, the object-detection method based on background subtraction is used. When moving objects are detected in the panoramic image, the objects are constantly displayed on the monitor at higher resolution in real time. In this paper, we describe the random access image sensor and show some results obtained using this sensor. In addition, we describe the wide view imaging system using eight sensors. Furthermore, we explain the method of object tracking in this system and show the results of real-time multipl-object tracking.