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Exploring human vision driven features for pedestrian detection

: Zhang, S.S.; Bauckhage, C.; Klein, D.A.; Cremers, A.B.


IEEE transactions on circuits and systems for video technology 25 (2015), Nr.10, S.1709-1720
ISSN: 1051-8215
ISSN: 1558-2205
Fraunhofer IAIS ()
Fraunhofer FKIE ()

Motivated by the center-surround mechanism in the human visual attention system, we propose to use average contrast maps for the challenge of pedestrian detection in street scenes due to the observation that pedestrians indeed exhibit discriminative contrast texture. Our main contributions are the first to design a local statistical multichannel descriptor to incorporate both color and gradient information. Second, we introduce a multidirection and multiscale contrast scheme based on grid cells to integrate expressive local variations. Contributing to the issue of selecting most discriminative features for assessing and classification, we perform extensive comparisons with respect to statistical descriptors, contrast measurements, and scale structures. By this way, we obtain reasonable results under various configurations. Empirical findings from applying our optimized detector on the INRIA and Caltech pedestrian datasets show that our features yield state-of-the-art performance in pedestrian detection.