A New Robust Multiple Pedestrians Detection and Tracking System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRS5705C10105
Agency Tracking Number: DTRS5705C10105
Amount: $95,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1600 Providence Hwy., Walpole, MA, 02181
DUNS: 125933916
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bo Ling
 (508) 660-0328
Business Contact
 Bo Ling
Phone: (508) 660-0328
Email: bling@migmasys.com
Research Institution

As part of DOT's Intelligent Vehicle Intiative program, the FHWA is developing advanced vehicle safety and driver information systems. Vision-based pedestrian detection in outdoor scenes remains an open challenge. People dress in very different colors that sometimes blend with the background. They wear hats or carry bags, and stand, walk and change direction unpredictably. The background is various, containing buildings, moving or parked cars, street signs, etc. Moreover, sudden changes of background are inevitable in vison systems mounted on a moving vehicle. Aimed at these difficulties, in Phase I, we propose to develop a new real-time pedestrians detection and tracking system. In particular, we propose to develop the innovative technologies including: 1) adaptive optimal wavelet thresholding for disparity image denoising, which will overcome the problems associated with morphological opeators when the blobs resulted from noises are large or connected with large objects; 2) real-time detection of pedestrians based on the estimation of local 3D features used to approximate the legs, upper body and head of a pedestrian; and 3) pedestrian discrimination based on statistical hypothesis tests for pedestrians. Our system does not require any prior templates which are often difficult to select for the real-world applications.

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