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In this paper, we introduce the concept of dense scene flow for visual SLAM applications. Traditional visual SLAM methods assume static features in the environment and that a dominant part of the scene changes only due to camera egomotion. These assumptions make traditional visual SLAM methods prone to failure in crowded real-world dynamic environments with(More)
Traffic sign detection and recognition has been thoroughly studied for a long time. However, traffic panel detection and recognition still remains a challenge in computer vision due to its different types and the huge variability of the information depicted in them. This paper presents a method to detect traffic panels in street-level images and to(More)
Text detection and recognition in images taken in uncontrolled environments still remains a challenge in computer vision. This paper presents a method to extract the text depicted in road panels in street view images as an application to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). It applies a text detection algorithm to the whole image together with a panel(More)
This paper presents DriveSafe, a new driver safety app for iPhones that detects inattentive driving behaviors and gives corresponding feedback to drivers, scoring their driving and alerting them in case their behaviors are unsafe. It uses computer vision and pattern recognition techniques on the iPhone to assess whether the driver is drowsy or distracted(More)
This paper presents a non-intrusive approach for drowsiness detection, based on computer vision. It is installed in a car and it is able to work under real operation conditions. An IR camera is placed in front of the driver, in the dashboard, in order to detect his face and obtain drowsiness clues from their eyes closure. It works in a robust and automatic(More)
An automatic text recognizer needs, in first place, to localize the text in the image the more accurately possible. For this purpose, we present in this paper a robust method for text detection. It is composed of three main stages: a segmentation stage to find character candidates, a connected component analysis based on fast-to-compute but robust features(More)
This paper carries out a discussion on the supervised learning of a car detector built as a Discriminative Part-based Model (DPM) from images in the recently published KITTI benchmark suite as part of the object detection and orientation estimation challenge. We present a wide set of experiments and many hints on the different ways to supervise and enhance(More)
Visual loop closure detection plays a key role in navigation systems for intelligent vehicles. Nowadays, state-of-the-art algorithms are focused on unidirectional loop closures, but there are situations where they are not sufficient for identifying previously visited places. Therefore, the detection of bidirectional loop closures when a place is revisited(More)
Nowadays, smartphones are widely used in the world, and generally, they are equipped with many sensors. In this paper we study how powerful the low-cost embedded IMU and GPS could become for Intelligent Vehicles. The information given by accelerometer and gyroscope is useful if the relations between the smartphone reference system, the vehicle reference(More)
We present a novel approach for place recognition and loop closure detection based on binary codes and disparity information using stereo images. Our method (ABLE-S) applies the Local Difference Binary (LDB) descriptor in a global framework to obtain a robust global image description, which is initially based on intensity and gradient pairwise comparisons.(More)