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Title: Enhanced particle PHD filtering for multiple human tracking
Author: Feng, Pengming
ISNI:       0000 0004 6352 5103
Awarding Body: Newcastle University
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2016
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Video-based single human tracking has found wide application but multiple human tracking is more challenging and enhanced processing techniques are required to estimate the positions and number of targets in each frame. In this thesis, the particle probability hypothesis density (PHD) lter is therefore the focus due to its ability to estimate both localization and cardinality information related to multiple human targets. To improve the tracking performance of the particle PHD lter, a number of enhancements are proposed. The Student's-t distribution is employed within the state and measurement models of the PHD lter to replace the Gaussian distribution because of its heavier tails, and thereby better predict particles with larger amplitudes. Moreover, the variational Bayesian approach is utilized to estimate the relationship between the measurement noise covariance matrix and the state model, and a joint multi-dimensioned Student's-t distribution is exploited. In order to obtain more observable measurements, a backward retrodiction step is employed to increase the measurement set, building upon the concept of a smoothing algorithm. To make further improvement, an adaptive step is used to combine the forward ltering and backward retrodiction ltering operations through the similarities of measurements achieved over discrete time. As such, the errors in the delayed measurements generated by false alarms and environment noise are avoided. In the nal work, information describing human behaviour is employed iv Abstract v to aid particle sampling in the prediction step of the particle PHD lter, which is captured in a social force model. A novel social force model is proposed based on the exponential function. Furthermore, a Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) step is utilized to resample the predicted particles, and the acceptance ratio is calculated by the results from the social force model to achieve more robust prediction. Then, a one class support vector machine (OCSVM) is applied in the measurement model of the PHD lter, trained on human features, to mitigate noise from the environment and to achieve better tracking performance. The proposed improvements of the particle PHD lters are evaluated with benchmark datasets such as the CAVIAR, PETS2009 and TUD datasets and assessed with quantitative and global evaluation measures, and are compared with state-of-the-art techniques to con rm the improvement of multiple human tracking performance.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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