Parallel implementation of color-based particle filter for object tracking in embedded systems

Recently, embedded systems have become popular because of the rising demand for portable, low-power devices. A common task for these devices is object tracking, which is an essential part of various applications.

Until now, object tracking in video sequences remains a challenging problem because of the visual properties of objects and their surrounding environments. Among the common approaches, particle filter has been proven effective in dealing with difficulties in object tracking.

In this research, we develop a particle filter based object tracking method using color distributions of video frames as features, and deploy it in an embedded system. Because particle filter is a high-complexity algorithm, we utilize computing power of embedded systems by implementing a parallel version of the algorithm.

The experimental results show that parallelization can enhance the performance of particle filter when deployed in embedded systems.

Published on: 2017-01-09

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