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Sensors 2017, 17(5), 1177;

Improving Video Segmentation by Fusing Depth Cues and the Visual Background Extractor (ViBe) Algorithm

College of Computer and Information Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
Changzhou Key Laboratory of Robotics and Intelligent Technology, Changzhou 213022, China
Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Special Robots, Hohai University, Changzhou 213022, China
College of IoT Engineering, Hohai University, Changzhou 213022, China
College of Electronics, Communication and Physics, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266590, China
Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, Swansea University, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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Academic Editor: Joonki Paik
Received: 19 March 2017 / Revised: 12 May 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2017 / Published: 21 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Video Analysis and Tracking Using State-of-the-Art Sensors)
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Depth-sensing technology has led to broad applications of inexpensive depth cameras that can capture human motion and scenes in three-dimensional space. Background subtraction algorithms can be improved by fusing color and depth cues, thereby allowing many issues encountered in classical color segmentation to be solved. In this paper, we propose a new fusion method that combines depth and color information for foreground segmentation based on an advanced color-based algorithm. First, a background model and a depth model are developed. Then, based on these models, we propose a new updating strategy that can eliminate ghosting and black shadows almost completely. Extensive experiments have been performed to compare the proposed algorithm with other, conventional RGB-D (Red-Green-Blue and Depth) algorithms. The experimental results suggest that our method extracts foregrounds with higher effectiveness and efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: object detection; background subtraction; video surveillance; Kinect sensor fusion object detection; background subtraction; video surveillance; Kinect sensor fusion

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Zhou, X.; Liu, X.; Jiang, A.; Yan, B.; Yang, C. Improving Video Segmentation by Fusing Depth Cues and the Visual Background Extractor (ViBe) Algorithm. Sensors 2017, 17, 1177.

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