Tracking People and Their Objects

Tobias Baumgartner, Dennis Mitzel, Bastian Leibe
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR'13)

Current pedestrian tracking approaches ignore impor- tant aspects of human behavior. Humans are not moving independently, but they closely interact with their environ- ment, which includes not only other persons, but also dif- ferent scene objects. Typical everyday scenarios include people moving in groups, pushing child strollers, or pulling luggage. In this paper, we propose a probabilistic approach for classifying such person-object interactions, associating objects to persons, and predicting how the interaction will most likely continue. Our approach relies on stereo depth information in order to track all scene objects in 3D, while simultaneously building up their 3D shape models. These models and their relative spatial arrangement are then fed into a probabilistic graphical model which jointly infers pairwise interactions and object classes. The inferred inter- actions can then be used to support tracking by recovering lost object tracks. We evaluate our approach on a novel dataset containing more than 15,000 frames of person- object interactions in 325 video sequences and demonstrate good performance in challenging real-world scenarios.

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