Visual Tracking: From An Individual To Groups Of Animals
French, Andrew Peter (2005) Visual Tracking: From An Individual To Groups Of Animals. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis is concerned with the development and application of visual tracking techniques to the domain of animal monitoring. The development and evaluation of a system which uses image analysis to control the robotic placement of a sensor on the back of a feeding pig is presented first. This single-target monitoring application is then followed by the evaluation of suitable techniques for tracking groups of animals, of which the most suitable existing technique is found to be a Markov chain Monte Carlo particle filtering algorithm with a Markov random field motion prior (MCMC MRF, Khan et al. 2004). Finally, a new tracking technique is developed which uses social motion information present in groups of social targets to guide the tracking. This is used in the new Motion Parameter
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