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Multiple hypothesis tracking algorithm for multi-target multi-camera tracking with disjoint views

Multiple hypothesis tracking algorithm for multi-target multi-camera tracking with disjoint views

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In this study, a multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT) algorithm for multi-target multi-camera tracking (MCT) with disjoint views is proposed. The authors' method forms track-hypothesis trees, and each branch of them represents a multi-camera track of a target that may move within a camera as well as move across cameras. Furthermore, multi-target tracking within a camera is performed simultaneously with the tree formation by manipulating a status of each track hypothesis. Each status represents three different stages of a multi-camera track: tracking, searching, and end-of-track. The tracking status means targets are tracked by a single camera tracker. In the searching status, the disappeared targets are examined if they reappear in other cameras. The end-of-track status does the target exited the camera network due to its lengthy invisibility. These three status assists MHT to form the track-hypothesis trees for multi-camera tracking. Furthermore, a gating technique which eliminates the unlikely observation-to-track association using space-time information has been introduced. In the experiments, the proposed method has been tested using two datasets, DukeMTMC and NLPR\_MCT, which demonstrates that the method outperforms the state-of-the-art method in terms of improvement of the accuracy. In addition, real-time and online performance of proposed method is also showed in this study.

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