Autonomous Selective Parts-Based Tracking

Maria Cornacchia, Senem Velipasalar

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Object tracking from videos is still a challenging task due to various changes throughout a video sequence including occlusions, motion blur, scale and other deformation changes. In this paper, we propose a selective parts-based approach, using correlation filters, that makes choices based on a consensus of the parts and global tracking. Moreover, we further enhance our parts-based approach by introducing a segmentation-assisted parts initialization. In addition, we present a genetic algorithm-based method to autonomously select various parameters of the tracking algorithm, as opposed to the common practice of manually tuning those parameters. In contrast to existing part-based methods, the proposed method does not dilute accurate tracking by averaging results over multiple parts at every frame. Instead, we take a selective approach based on the relative weight of the responses across parts. Moreover, we only make location corrections when a part diverges, and rely on these location corrections to maintain an accurate appearance model. In the case of occlusions, which are among the main reasons for using a parts-based approach, our proposed approach consistently achieves the best performance. It is due to the ability to handle occlusion and not dilute decisions with incorrect parts, that our proposed approach enables state-of-the-art performance. The proposed approach was evaluated on videos from three different challenging benchmark datasets. Our approach has resulted in better overall precision and success rates for three different base tracking approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8967195
Pages (from-to)4349-4361
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Image Processing
StatePublished - 2020


  • Correlation filters
  • genetic algorithm
  • parts-based
  • tracking
  • video

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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