A Discriminative Approach for People Detection Using Color Camera for Mobile Robot Platforms

Ali Aldabbagh, Leith Al-Shimaysawee, Nasser Asgari

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    In this paper, we explore a new algorithm to detect people with color cameras based on our modified Implicit Shape Model (ISM) implemented for grey scale thermal images. The idea of this approach is to convert a color image to a grey scale image, invert it to appear like a thermal image, and then apply the same algorithm that we used for people detection in thermal images. As the first step, we use the ISM to define the proposed centers of people locations. Then we utilize a novel method to detect people based on the density of the concentrated proposed centers by using an auto generated threshold mechanism. Our method is easy to implement and does not require complicated computations; thus resulting in a considerable increase in the speed performance and decrease in the cost of the required hardware on mobile platforms. We evaluated our system by testing it on three image sets for indoor and three for outdoor scenarios. Our system showed promising results in detecting people on images taken by different types of color cameras under difficult scenarios. This technique is used as the vision system for a rescue assist mobile robot built at Flinders University

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-108
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Color image
    • ISM
    • People detection
    • Rescue robot


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