Evaluation of Interest Point Detectors and Feature Descriptors for Visual Tracking


DOI: 10.1007/s11263-011-0431-5

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Gauglitz, S., Höllerer, T. & Turk, M. Int J Comput Vis (2011) 94: 335. doi:10.1007/s11263-011-0431-5


Applications for real-time visual tracking can be found in many areas, including visual odometry and augmented reality. Interest point detection and feature description form the basis of feature-based tracking, and a variety of algorithms for these tasks have been proposed. In this work, we present (1) a carefully designed dataset of video sequences of planar textures with ground truth, which includes various geometric changes, lighting conditions, and levels of motion blur, and which may serve as a testbed for a variety of tracking-related problems, and (2) a comprehensive quantitative evaluation of detector-descriptor-based visual camera tracking based on this testbed. We evaluate the impact of individual algorithm parameters, compare algorithms for both detection and description in isolation, as well as all detector-descriptor combinations as a tracking solution. In contrast to existing evaluations, which aim at different tasks such as object recognition and have limited validity for visual tracking, our evaluation is geared towards this application in all relevant factors (performance measures, testbed, candidate algorithms). To our knowledge, this is the first work that comprehensively compares these algorithms in this context, and in particular, on video streams.


Interest point detectors Feature descriptors Visual tracking Dataset Evaluation 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Gauglitz
    • 1
  • Tobias Höllerer
    • 1
  • Matthew Turk
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

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