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We consider the special case of tracking objects in highly structured scenes. In the context of vehicle tracking in urban environments, we offer a fully automatic, end-to-end system that discovers and parametrizes the lanes along which vehicles drive, then uses just these pixels to simultaneously track dozens of objects. This system includes a novel active contour energy function used to parametrize the lanes of travel based only on the accumulation of spatio-temporal image derivatives, and a tracking algorithm that exploits longer temporal constraints made possible by our compact data representation; we believe both of these may be of independent interest. We offer quantitative results comparing tracking results to ground-truthed data, including thousands of vehicles from the NGSIM Peachtree data set.
Jacobs, Nathan; Dixon, Michael; Satkin, Scott; and Pless, Robert, "Efficient Tracking of Many Objects in Structured Environments" Report Number: wucse-2009-9 (2009). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.