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Experience indicates that the sense of presence in a virtual environment is enhanced when the participants are able to actively move through it. When exploring a virtual world by walking, the size of the model is usually limited by the size of the available tracking space. A promising way to overcome these limitations are motion compression techniques,(More)
— How likely is it that a driver notices a person standing on the side of the road? In this paper we introduce the concept of pedestrian detectability. It is a measure of how probable it is that a human observer perceives pedestrians in an image. We acquire a dataset of pedestrians with their associated detectabilities in a rapid detection experiment using(More)
— Since the potential of soft-computing for driver assistance systems has been recognized, much effort has been spent in the development of appropriate techniques for robust lane detection, object classification, tracking, and representation of task relevant objects. For such systems in order to be able to perform their tasks the environment must be sensed(More)
We present a system for realistic facial animation that decomposes facial motion capture data into semantically meaningful motion channels based on the Facial Action Coding System. A captured performance is retargeted onto a morphable 3D face model based on a semantic correspondence between motion capture and 3D scan data. The resulting facial animation(More)
To reduce the number of traffic accidents and to increase the drivers comfort, the thought of designing driver assistance systems rose in the past years. Fully or partly autonomously guided vehicles, particularly for road traffic, pose high demands on the development of reliable algorithms. Principal problems are caused by having a moving observer in(More)
Many existing systems for human body tracking are based on dynamic model-based tracking that is driven by local image features. Alternatively, within a view-based approach, tracking of humans can be accomplished by the learning-based recognition of characteristic body postures which define the spatial positions of interesting points on the human body.(More)
We propose a novel set of medial feature interest points based on gradient vector flow (GVF) fields [18]. We exploit the long ranging GVF fields for symmetry estimation by calculating the flux flow on it. We propose interest points that are located on maxima of that flux flow and offer a straight forward way to estimate salient local scales. The features(More)
— Visual odometry has been promoted as a fundamental component for intelligent vehicles. Relying solely on monocular image cues would be desirable. Nevertheless, this is a challenge especially in dynamically varying urban areas due to scale ambiguities, independent motions, and measurement noise. We propose to use probabilistic learning with auxiliar depth(More)