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We present a new descriptor for activity recognition from videos acquired by a depth sensor. Previous descriptors mostly compute shape and motion features independently, thus, they often fail to capture the complex joint shape-motion cues at pixel-level. In contrast, we describe the depth sequence using a histogram capturing the distribution of the surface(More)
Single camera-based multiple-person tracking is often hindered by difficulties such as occlusion and changes in appearance. In this paper, we address such problems by proposing a robust part-based tracking-by-detection framework. Human detection using part models has become quite popular, yet its extension in tracking has not been fully explored. Our(More)
Several attempts have been lately proposed to tackle the problem of recovering the original image of an underwater scene using a sequence distorted by water waves. The main drawback of the state of the art [18] is that it heavily depends on modelling the waves, which in fact is ill-posed since the actual behavior of the waves along with the imaging process(More)
Recognition of human actions in a video acquired by a moving camera typically requires standard preprocessing steps such as motion compensation, moving object detection and object tracking. The errors from the motion compensation step propagate to the object detection stage, resulting in miss-detections, which further complicates the tracking stage,(More)
Human identity recognition is an important yet under-addressed problem. Previous methods were strictly limited to high quality photographs, where the principal techniques heavily rely on body details such as face detection. In this paper, we propose an algorithm to address the novel problem of human identity recognition over a set of unordered low quality(More)
Turbulence mitigation refers to the stabilization of videos with nonuniform deformations due to the influence of optical turbulence. Typical approaches for turbulence mitigation follow averaging or dewarping techniques. Although these methods can reduce the turbulence, they distort the independently moving objects, which can often be of great interest. In(More)
When the UAV goes to high altitudes such that the observed surface of the earth becomes planar, the structure and motion recovery of the earth's moving plane becomes ambiguous. This planar degeneracy has been pointed out very often in the literature; therefore, current navigation methods either completely fail or give many confusing solutions in such(More)
Most existing approaches to characterizing thermal properties of buildings and heat emissions from their elements rely on manual inspection and as such are slow, and labor intensive. This is often a daunting task, which requires several days of on-site inspection. In this paper, we propose a fully automatic approach to construct a 3D thermal point cloud of(More)
—In the context of GPS-denied navigation, many algorithms are being developed that fuse information from alternative sensors such as visible and infrared cameras, RADAR, and LIDAR. However, the vast majority of these algorithms are tied to particular combinations of sensors and platforms. This is especially common at high technology readiness levels.(More)
This paper proposes a new approach for face verification , where a pair of images needs to be classified as belonging to the same person or not. This problem is relatively new and not well-explored in the literature. Current methods mostly adopt techniques borrowed from face recognition , and process each of the images in the pair independently , which is(More)