Ensemble tracking

IEEE Trans Pattern Anal Mach Intell. 2007 Feb;29(2):261-71. doi: 10.1109/TPAMI.2007.35.


We consider tracking as a binary classification problem, where an ensemble of weak classifiers is trained online to distinguish between the object and the background. The ensemble of weak classifiers is combined into a strong classifier using AdaBoost. The strong classifier is then used to label pixels in the next frame as either belonging to the object or the background, giving a confidence map. The peak of the map and, hence, the new position of the object, is found using mean shift. Temporal coherence is maintained by updating the ensemble with new weak classifiers that are trained online during tracking. We show a realization of this method and demonstrate it on several video sequences.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Artificial Intelligence*
  • Image Enhancement / methods
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
  • Motion*
  • Pattern Recognition, Automated / methods*
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Subtraction Technique*