Pose-Assisted Multi-Camera Collaboration for Active Object Tracking

  • Jing Li Peking University
  • Jing Xu Peking University
  • Fangwei Zhong Peking University
  • Xiangyu Kong Peking University
  • Yu Qiao Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Yizhou Wang Peking University

Abstract

Active Object Tracking (AOT) is crucial to many vision-based applications, e.g., mobile robot, intelligent surveillance. However, there are a number of challenges when deploying active tracking in complex scenarios, e.g., target is frequently occluded by obstacles. In this paper, we extend the single-camera AOT to a multi-camera setting, where cameras tracking a target in a collaborative fashion. To achieve effective collaboration among cameras, we propose a novel Pose-Assisted Multi-Camera Collaboration System, which enables a camera to cooperate with the others by sharing camera poses for active object tracking. In the system, each camera is equipped with two controllers and a switcher: The vision-based controller tracks targets based on observed images. The pose-based controller moves the camera in accordance to the poses of the other cameras. At each step, the switcher decides which action to take from the two controllers according to the visibility of the target. The experimental results demonstrate that our system outperforms all the baselines and is capable of generalizing to unseen environments. The code and demo videos are available on our website https://sites.google.com/view/pose-assisted-collaboration.

Published
2020-04-03
Section
AAAI Technical Track: Applications