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See detailA virtual curtain for the detection of humans and access control
Barnich, Olivier; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems (ACIVS) (2010, December)

Biometrics has become a popular field for the development of techniques that aim at recognizing humans based upon one or more intrinsic physical or behavioral traits. In particular, many solutions ... [more ▼]

Biometrics has become a popular field for the development of techniques that aim at recognizing humans based upon one or more intrinsic physical or behavioral traits. In particular, many solutions dedicated to access control integrate biometric features like fingerprinting or face recognition. This paper describes a new method designed to interpret what happens when crossing an invisible vertical plane, called virtual curtain hereafter, at the footstep of a door frame. It relies on the use of two laser scanners located in the upper corners of the frame, and on the classification of the time series of the information provided by the scanners after registration. The technique is trained and tested on a set of sequences representative for multiple scenarios of normal crossings by a single person and for tentatives to fool the system. We present the details of the technique and discuss classification results. It appears that the technique is capable to recognize many scenarios which may lead to the development of new commercial applications. [less ▲]

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See detail3D information is valuable for the detection of humans in video streams
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Lejeune, Antoine ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in 3D Stereo Media (2010, December)

In this paper, we propose a technique based on 3D information (also called depth or range) for the detection of humans. First, a background subtraction technique operates to detect the silhouettes of ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a technique based on 3D information (also called depth or range) for the detection of humans. First, a background subtraction technique operates to detect the silhouettes of humans and objects moving in the scene. Then, a machine learning algorithm is used to predict if a silhouette annotated with depth matches a human silhouette or not. The complete method is designed to cope with defects introduced during the segmentation step. Results, obtained on computer generated data, show that 3D depth data is a valuable information for detecting humans in that it improves over techniques based on binary silhouettes. In our experiments, we have reached an accuracy of 99.9% thanks to the depth information. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction to Mathematical Morphology: Overview and Trends
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2010, December)

This talk presents an overview of the theory of Mathematical Morphology and some trends.

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See detailA new precise ultrasonic range sensor based on the emission of two coded FSK signals combined to a ping-pong strategy
Pierlot, Vincent ULg; Tassin, Pierre; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Conference on Research in Information and communication Technology (2010, November)

Ultrasonic range sensors are widely used in robotic applications mainly for obstacle avoidance or environment map generation. They are attractive because of the low cost of the transducers, associated ... [more ▼]

Ultrasonic range sensors are widely used in robotic applications mainly for obstacle avoidance or environment map generation. They are attractive because of the low cost of the transducers, associated electronics and implementation facilities. On the other hand, they suffer from several limitations inherent to the underlying principle. Most of these systems send a short pulse at an ultrasonic frequency, that reflects on some object in the environment and then that returns back to the emitter. The propagation time in conjunction with the knowledge of the speed of sound in the air are used to compute the distance between the emitter and the object. The main drawbacks are multipaths, echos, diffraction, etc, resulting in unreliable range measurements. This paper present a new ultrasonic range sensor using ping-pong strategy, FSK modulation and coded signals to overcome those main limitations. [less ▲]

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See detailA platform for the fast interpretation of movements and localization of users in 3D applications driven by a range camera
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Pierlot, Vincent ULg; Barnich, Olivier ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 3DTV Conference (2010, June)

Interactivity is one of the key challenges for immersive applications like gaming. Manufacturers have been working towards interfaces that are driven by a device (e.g. a Wiimote) or interfaces that are ... [more ▼]

Interactivity is one of the key challenges for immersive applications like gaming. Manufacturers have been working towards interfaces that are driven by a device (e.g. a Wiimote) or interfaces that are controlled by a camera with a subsequent computer vision module. Both approaches have unique advantages, but they do not permit to localize users in the scene with an appropriate accuracy. Therefore, we propose to use both a range camera and accurate range sensors to enable the interpretation of movements. This paper describes a platform that uses a range camera to acquire the silhouettes of users, regardless of illumination, and to improve the pose recovery with range information after some image processing steps. In addition, to circumvent the difficult process of calibration required to map range values to physical distances, we complete the system with several range laser sensors. These sensors are located in a horizontal plane, and measure distances up to a few centimeters. We combine all these measurements to obtain a localization map, used to locate users in the scene at a negligible computational cost. Our method fills a gap in 3D applications that requires absolute positions. [less ▲]

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See detailVisual background extractor
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Barnich, Olivier ULg

Patent (2010)

The present invention relates to a Visual Background Extractor ( VIBE ) consisting in a method for detecting a background in an image selected from a plurality of related images. Each one of said set of ... [more ▼]

The present invention relates to a Visual Background Extractor ( VIBE ) consisting in a method for detecting a background in an image selected from a plurality of related images. Each one of said set of images is formed by a set of pixels, and captured by an imaging device. This background detection method comprising the steps of: establishing, for a determined pixel position in said plurality of images, a background history comprising a plurality of addresses, in such a manner as to have a sample pixel value stored in each address; comparing the pixel value corresponding to said determined pixel position in the selected image with said background history, and, if said pixel value from the selected image substantially matches at least a predetermined number of said sample pixel values:classifying said determined pixel position as belonging to the image background; and - updating said background history by replacing the sample pixel values in one randomly chosen address of said background history with said pixel value from the selected image. The method of the invention is applicable a.o. for video surveillance purposes, videogame interaction and imaging devices with embedded data processors. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphologie et Algorithmes
Géraud, Thierry; Talbot, Hugues; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Morphologie mathématique 2: estimation, choix et mise en oeuvre (2010)

Ce chapitre aborde le problème important de la mise en oeuvre des opérateurs, filtres et méthodologies d'analyse d'images.

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See detailAn evaluation of pixel-based methods for the detection of floating objects on the sea surface
Borghgraef, Alexander; Barnich, Olivier ULg; Lapierre, Fabian et al

in EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (2010), 2010

Ship-based automatic detection of small floating objects on an agitated sea surface remains a hard problem. Our main concern is the detection of floating mines, which proved a real threat to shipping in ... [more ▼]

Ship-based automatic detection of small floating objects on an agitated sea surface remains a hard problem. Our main concern is the detection of floating mines, which proved a real threat to shipping in confined waterways during the first Gulf War, but applications include salvaging, search-and-rescue operation, perimeter, or harbour defense. Detection in infrared (IR) is challenging because a rough sea is seen as a dynamic background of moving objects with size order, shape, and temperature similar to those of the floating mine. In this paper we have applied a selection of background subtraction algorithms to the problem, and we show that the recent algorithms such as ViBe and behaviour subtraction, which take into account spatial and temporal correlations within the dynamic scene, significantly outperformthe more conventional parametric techniques, with only little prior assumptions about the physical properties of the scene. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-time processing of depth and color video streams to improve the reliability of depth maps
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Leens, Jérôme ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

Poster (2009, November)

Depth is a useful information in vision to understand the geometrical properties of an environment. Depth is traditionally computed in terms of a disparity map acquired by a stereoscopic system but, over ... [more ▼]

Depth is a useful information in vision to understand the geometrical properties of an environment. Depth is traditionally computed in terms of a disparity map acquired by a stereoscopic system but, over the last few years, several manufacturers have released single-lens cameras that directly capture depth information (also called range). This is an important technological breakthrough although range signals remain difficult to handle in practice, due to many reasons (low resolution, noise, low framerate, . . . ). Practitioners still struggle to use range data in their applications. The purpose of this paper is to give a brief introduction to range data (captured with a camera), discuss common limitations, and propose techniques to cope with difficulties typically encountered with range cameras. These techniques are based on a simultaneous view of the scene by a color and a depth camera that are combined to improve their interpretation in real time. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple and low cost angle measurement system for mobile robot positioning
Pierlot, Vincent ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC) (2009, November)

Positioning is a fundamental issue in mobile robot applications that can be achieved in multiple ways. Among these methods, triangulation with active beacons is widely used, robust, accurate, and flexible ... [more ▼]

Positioning is a fundamental issue in mobile robot applications that can be achieved in multiple ways. Among these methods, triangulation with active beacons is widely used, robust, accurate, and flexible. Our paper presents a new active beacon-based angle measurement system for indoor navigation using infrared signals. We propose a complete system for global positioning on a 2D plane based on the following parts: (1) a mirror, a lens, and a light guide, (2) a mini stepper motor and its controller, (3) an infrared receiver (TSOP7000), (4) a PIC microcontroller, and (5) three infrared beacons. The acquisition rate is 10 [Hz] and the accuracy is about 0.1 [degree]. The entire sensor is contained in a (8 X 8 X 8) [cm3] volume. The key innovation is the use of a cheap and simple infrared receiver as the main sensor for the angle measurement principle. The beacons too are simple cheap infrared LEDs. Furthermore, the system requires only one infrared communication channel, and no synchronization between the beacons and the robot is required. [less ▲]

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See detailA technique for building databases of annotated and realistic human silhouettes based on an avatar
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Annual Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC) (2009, November)

The real-time interpretation of video scenes and human motion is a research field with a lot of applications. Awidely used pre-processing step is the background subtraction, which highlights silhouettes ... [more ▼]

The real-time interpretation of video scenes and human motion is a research field with a lot of applications. Awidely used pre-processing step is the background subtraction, which highlights silhouettes. In addition, example-based and learning-based approaches are attractive for the interpretation of complex scenes. But to be effective, such techniques need to be trained on samples of realistic human silhouettes. This paper presents a method to automatically build databases of artificial, realistic, and annotated human silhouettes. Our method, based on a 3D human avatar, allows to save additional data with the silhouettes, and to highlight the different body parts. These supplementary data may be application-driven. To help in evaluating the relevance of automatically generated databases, we suggest some practical solutions based on a visual signature of the databases. [less ▲]

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See detailTechniques to improve the foreground segmentation with a 3D camera and a color camera
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

(2009, November)

Nowadays, techniques for real-time interpretation of video scenes are widespread. Amongst these techniques, the foreground segmentation is one of the favorite. It can be applied to color images as well as ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, techniques for real-time interpretation of video scenes are widespread. Amongst these techniques, the foreground segmentation is one of the favorite. It can be applied to color images as well as depth maps. The point of using depth maps is straightforward as a single color camera is not able to provide depth information. Technologies capable to acquire 3D informations are thus adequate to complement color cameras in consumer products. Practice has shown that 3D or RGB signals, taken alone, are unreliable to extract the foreground under arbitrary conditions. Therefore we combine both modalities to counter the intrinsic limitations of both modalities, which is only possible if the problems specific to a technology are handled appropriately. This paper presents a new global approach for enhanced foreground segmentation that handles limitations to 3D and RGB in a combined way. [less ▲]

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See detailCombining Color, Depth, and Motion for Video Segmentation
Leens, Jérôme ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Barnich, Olivier et al

in Computer Vision Systems (2009)

This paper presents an innovative method to interpret the content of a video scene using a depth camera. Cameras that provide distance instead of color information are part of a promising young technology ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an innovative method to interpret the content of a video scene using a depth camera. Cameras that provide distance instead of color information are part of a promising young technology but they come with many diff culties: noisy signals, small resolution, and ambiguities, to cite a few. By taking advantage of the robustness to noise of a recent background subtraction algorithm, our method is able to extract useful information from the depth signals. We further enhance the robustness of the algorithm by combining this information with that of an RGB camera. In our experiments, we demonstrate this increased robustness and conclude by showing a practical example of an immersive application taking advantage of our algorithm. [less ▲]

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See detailClassification of scenarios for persons crossing a door frame based on the joint measurements of two radial distance sensors
Barnich, Olivier; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

Report (2009)

This report is the final report concerning the research project that involved the TELIM group from the University of Liège and BEA, a Belgian company active, among others, in the design and manufacturing ... [more ▼]

This report is the final report concerning the research project that involved the TELIM group from the University of Liège and BEA, a Belgian company active, among others, in the design and manufacturing of devices for people and vehicle detection. [less ▲]

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See detailAnchors of morphological operators and algebraic openings
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Hawkes, Peter (Ed.) Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics (2009)

Opening and closing operators play an important role in the field of mathematical morphology, mainly because of their useful property of idempotence, which is similar to the notion of ideal filter in ... [more ▼]

Opening and closing operators play an important role in the field of mathematical morphology, mainly because of their useful property of idempotence, which is similar to the notion of ideal filter in linear filtering. From a theoretical point of view, the study of openings has focused on the algebraic characterization of the operators themselves. Morphological filters have been studied for more than 30 years; the effects of the first filters (erosions, openings, and so on) are known in depth. In discussing the effects of a filter, it is not only the operator that is studied but also its relationship with the processed function or image and, in the particular case of mathematical morphology, the structuring element. In addition, there are several approaches to this analysis. For example, the analysis can consider the whole function or some subparts of the function, as in Van Droogenbroeck and Buckley (2005), who introduced the notion of morphological anchors. Anchors were defined in the context of morphological openings, as defined by the cascade of an erosion followed by a dilation. The extension to other kinds of openings is not straightforward. Despite the fact that all morphological openings induce the appearance of anchors, some opening operators (like the quantization opening defined in this chapter) might have no anchors. This chapter presents the theory of anchors related to morphological erosions and openings, and establishes some properties for the extended scope of algebraic openings. It is shown under which circumstances anchors exist for algebraic openings and how to locate some anchors; for example, it suffices for an opening to be spatial or shift-invariant to guarantee the existence of anchors. As for morphological openings, the existence of anchors may help clarify some algorithms or lead to new algorithms to compute algebraic openings. [less ▲]

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See detailViBe: a powerful random technique to estimate the background in video sequences
Barnich, Olivier ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2009) (2009, April)

Background subtraction is a crucial step in many automatic video content analysis applications. While numerous acceptable techniques have been proposed so far for background extraction, there is still a ... [more ▼]

Background subtraction is a crucial step in many automatic video content analysis applications. While numerous acceptable techniques have been proposed so far for background extraction, there is still a need to produce more efficient algorithms in terms of adaptability to multiple environments, noise resilience, and computation efficiency. In this paper, we present a powerful method for background extraction that improves in accuracy and reduces the computational load. The main innovation concerns the use of a random policy to select values to build a samples-based estimation of the background. To our knowledge, it is the first time that a random aggregation is used in the field of background extraction. In addition, we propose a novel policy that propagates information between neighboring pixels of an image. Experiment detailed in this paper show how our method improves on other widely used techniques, and how it outperforms these techniques for noisy images. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of a morphological moving object signature and application to human identification
Barnich, Olivier ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2009) (2009, April)

Many computer vision systems try to infer semantic information about a video scene content by looking at the time series of the silhouettes of the moving objects. This paper proposes a new inter-frame ... [more ▼]

Many computer vision systems try to infer semantic information about a video scene content by looking at the time series of the silhouettes of the moving objects. This paper proposes a new inter-frame feature set (signature) based on piecewise surfacic descriptions of binary silhouettes. It captures the dynamics of moving objects and compacts it into a robust set of features suitable for classification. To assess its ability to represent motion information, we use it to build a complete gait recognition algorithm that we test on a database of 21 different subjects. To highlight the efficiency of our signature, we use frontal views instead of side views of persons, which is less discussed in literature and is considered to be harder as the movement of legs is not visible. In that context, the high recognition rates obtained (over 95% of correct identifications) proves that our signature is appropriate to describe moving objects. [less ▲]

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See detailVisual Backgound Extractor
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Barnich, Olivier ULg

Patent (2009)

ViBe is a powerful pixel-based technique that detects the background in video sequences. Many experiments have shown that it performs better than the state-of-the-art techniques known in the scientific ... [more ▼]

ViBe is a powerful pixel-based technique that detects the background in video sequences. Many experiments have shown that it performs better than the state-of-the-art techniques known in the scientific literature. In addition the computational load is lower than simple background techniques implemented in commercial products. ViBe is the perfect solution for both softwares and hardware implementations. [less ▲]

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