Yu-Chi Lai

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

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Background Extraction Using Random Walk Image Fusion


It is important to extract a clear background for computer vision and augmented reality. Generally, background extraction assumes the existence of a clean background shot through the input sequence, but realistically, situations may violate this assumption such as highway traffic videos. Therefore, our probabilistic model-based method formulates fusion of candidate background patches of the input sequence as a random walk problem and seeks a globally optimal solution based on their temporal and spatial relationship. Furthermore, we also design two quality measures to consider spatial and temporal coherence and contrast distinctness among pixels as background selection basis. A static background should have high temporal coherence among frames, and thus, we improve our fusion precision with a temporal contrast filter and an optical-flow-based motionless patch extractor. Experiments demonstrate that our algorithm can successfully extract artifact-free background images with low computational cost while comparing to state-of-the-art algorithms.



author={K. {Hua} and H. {Wang} and C. {Yeh} and W. {Cheng} and Y. {Lai}},
journal={IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics},
title={Background Extraction Using Random Walk Image Fusion},