Xiaowei Zhou, Can Yang, Weichuan Yu "Moving Object Detection by Detecting Contiguous Outliers in the Low-Rank Representation."
IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 35:597-610, 2013.


Object detection is a fundamental step for automated video analysis in many vision applications. Object detection in a video is usually performed by object detectors or background subtraction techniques. Often, an object detector requires manually labeled examples to train a binary classifier, while background subtraction needs a training sequence that contains no objects to build a background model. To automate the analysis, object detection without a separate training phase becomes a critical task. People have tried to tackle this task by using motion information. But existing motion-based methods are usually limited when coping with complex scenarios such as nonrigid motion, illumination change and dynamic background. In this paper, we show that above challenges can be addressed in a unified framework named DEtecting Contiguous Outliers in the LOw-rank Representation (DECOLOR). This formulation integrates object detection and background learning into a single process of optimization, and it can naturally model complex background and avoid the complicated computation of foreground motion. It turns out that the optimization can be solved by an alternating algorithm efficiently. Also, we explain the relationship between DECOLOR and other sparsity-based methods. Experiments using both simulated data and real sequences demonstrate that DECOLOR outperforms the state-of-the-art approaches and it can work effectively on a wide range of complex scenarios.


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