Smoke Detection in Video Surveillance: A MoG Model in the Wavelet Domain

  • Simone Calderara
  • Paolo Piccinini
  • Rita Cucchiara
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5008)


The paper presents a new fast and robust technique of smoke detection in video surveillance images. The approach aims at detecting the spring or the presence of smoke by analyzing color and texture features of moving objects, segmented with background subtraction. The proposal embodies some novelties: first the temporal behavior of the smoke is modeled by a Mixture of Gaussians (MoG ) of the energy variation in the wavelet domain. The MoG takes into account the image energy variation due to either external luminance changes or the smoke propagation. It allows a distinction to energy variation due to the presence of real moving objects such as people and vehicles. Second, this textural analysis is enriched by a color analysis based on the blending function. Third, a Bayesian model is defined where the texture and color features, detected at block level, contributes to model the likelihood while a global evaluation of the entire image models the prior probability contribution. The resulting approach is very flexible and can be adopted in conjunction to a whichever video surveillance system based on dynamic background model. Several tests on tens of different contexts, both outdoor and indoor prove its robustness and precision.


Smoke detection Image processing MoG DWT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Calderara
    • 1
  • Paolo Piccinini
    • 1
  • Rita Cucchiara
    • 1
  1. 1.DIIUniversity of Modena and Reggio EmiliaItaly

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