Efficient pedestrian detection at nighttime using a thermal camera

Jeonghyun Baek, Sungjun Hong, Jisu Kim, Euntai Kim

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Most of the commercial nighttime pedestrian detection (PD) methods reported previously utilized the histogram of oriented gradient (HOG) or the local binary pattern (LBP) as the feature and the support vector machine (SVM) as the classifier using thermal camera images. In this paper, we propose a new feature called the thermal-position-intensity-histogram of oriented gradient (TPIHOG or TπHOG) and developed a new combination of the TπHOG and the additive kernel SVM (AKSVM) for efficient nighttime pedestrian detection. The proposed TπHOG includes detailed information on gradient location; therefore, it has more distinctive power than the HOG. The AKSVM performs better than the linear SVM in terms of detection performance, while it is much faster than other kernel SVMs. The combined TπHOG-AKSVM showed effective nighttime PD performance with fast computational time. The proposed method was experimentally tested with the KAIST pedestrian dataset and showed better performance compared with other conventional methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1850
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 10

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Biochemistry


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