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Head Detection based on Foreground Pixel Histogram Analysis

  • Journal of The Korea Society of Computer and Information
  • Abbr : JKSCI
  • 2009, 14(11), pp.179-186
  • Publisher : The Korean Society Of Computer And Information
  • Research Area : Engineering > Computer Science

Choi Yoo Joo 1 손향경 2 박정민 3 문남미 4

1한독미디어대학원대학교
2서울벤처정보대학원
3한국과학기술연구원
4호서대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this paper, we propose a head detection method based on vertical and horizontal pixel histogram analysis in order to overcome drawbacks of the previous head detection approach using Haar-like feature-based face detection. In the proposed method, we create the vertical and horizontal foreground pixel histogram images from the background subtraction image, which represent the number of foreground pixels in the same vertical or horizontal position. Then we extract feature points of a head region by applying Harris corner detection method to the foreground pixel histogram images and by analyzing corner points. The proposal method shows robust head detection results even in the face image covering forelock by hairs or the back view image in which the previous approaches cannot detect the head regions.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.