Multimodal Vision Research Laboratory


multitemporal background models


In surveillance applications there may be multiple timescales at which it is important to monitor a scene. This work develops online, real-time algorithms that maintain background models simultaneously at many timescales. This creates a novel temporal decomposition of video sequence which can be used as a visualization tool for a human operator or an adaptive background model for classical anomaly detection and tracking algorithms. This paper solves the design problem for choosing appropriate timescales for the decomposition and derives the equations to approximately reconstruct the original video given only the temporal decomposition. We present two applications that highlight the potential of video processing; first a visualization tool that summarizes recent video behavior for a human operator in a single image, and second a pre-processing tool to detect "left bags" in the challenging PETS 2006 dataset which includes many occlusions of the left bag by pedestrians.


Jacobs, N. Pless, R. (2006). Real-time Constant Memory Visual Summaries for
Surveillance. In ACM International Workshop on Visual Surveillance and Sensor Networks
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We maintain background models at different timescales, i.e., with different filtering constants, and directly compare these background models. By comparing models we can estimate how long an object has been at its current location.

This figure shows an overview of out approach. (top) Background images are kept at multiple timescales, images at left have slower updating images. (middle) Difference images between consecutive background images are constructed. (bottom) After thresholding the difference images we see that objects occurring at different timescales appear in each difference image.

(a-c) Frames from a video in which a bag is left at approximately frame 250. (d) Using only the background images we solve for when the bag was left (the pixel centered in the white box of (a-c) changed) by fitting a two-piece piecewise-constant function (green line). (e) Difference of background image responses over time for the same pixel have a consistent pattern which we exploit to estimate change time without explicit function fitting.


Using this method we can highlight objects that have been in the scene for different timescales. The videos below show two methods of visualizing this information: one is a false-color sequence and the other is a filtered version of the original video.