Combining Boundary and Region Information with Bolt Prior for Rail Surface Detection

Yaping HUANG  Siwei LUO  Shengchun WANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E95-D   No.2   pp.690-693
Publication Date: 2012/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E95.D.690
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Pattern Recognition
railway inspection,  boundary information,  region information,  line segmentation detection,  template matching,  

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Railway inspection is important in railway maintenance. There are several tasks in railway inspection, e.g., defect detection and bolt detection. For those inspection tasks, the detection of rail surface is a fundamental and key issue. In order to detect rail defects and missing bolts, one must know the exact location of the rail surface. To deal with this problem, we propose an efficient Rail Surface Detection (RSD) algorithm that combines boundary and region information in a uniform formulation. Moreover, we reevaluate the rail location by introducing the top down information–bolt location prior. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm can detect the rail surface efficiently.