Video Object Contour Tracking Using Improved Dual-Front Active Contour
In this paper, we present an approach for moving object contour tracking in video by using an improved dual-front active contour model. Dual-front active contour model is first proposed for medical image segmentation. In order to adapt it to object tracking problem, we make two improvements on the original model. First, region force of the external front is modified by restricting its support region. This modification can speed up the algorithm greatly but may result in the active contour’s wrong convergence to the real object boundary when it locates in a large homogeneous region. Then, a new function called quasi-balloon force is brought into the model by modifying its active region construction method. It can not only solve the problem result from the first improvement but also make tracking more flexible. The algorithm does not need an a priori shape so it is fit for deformable object tracking. By adjusting the parameters, it can be used to track fast moving target. Since the level set method is used, the topology change of the object can be controlled automatically. And no static background of the scene is assumed which means the contour can be tracked under the condition that both the camera and the object are moving. Experimental results demonstrate its effectiveness and robustness.
KeywordsActive Contour Active Contour Model Initial Curve Support Region Geodesic Active Contour
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