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Exploring structure for long-term tracking of multiple objects in sports videos

Abstract : In this paper we propose a novel approach for exploring structural relations to track multiple objects that may undergo long-term occlusion and abrupt motion. We use a model-free approach that relies only on annotations given in the first frame of the video to track all the objects online, i.e. without knowledge from future frames. We initialize a probabilistic Attributed Relational Graph (ARG) from the first frame, which is incrementally updated along the video. Instead of using structural information only to evaluate the scene, the proposed approach considers it to generate new tracking hypotheses. In this way, our method is capable of generating relevant object candidates that are used to improve or recover the track of lost objects. The proposed method is evaluated on several videos of table tennis matches and on the ACASVA dataset. The results show that our approach is very robust, flexible and able to outperform other state-of-the-art methods in sports videos that present structural patterns.
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Henrique Morimitsu, Isabelle Bloch, R. M. Cesar. Exploring structure for long-term tracking of multiple objects in sports videos. Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Elsevier, 2017, 159, pp.89-104. ⟨hal-02287490⟩



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