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Author Joan Serrat; Ferran Diego; Felipe Lumbreras; Jose Manuel Alvarez; Antonio Lopez; C. Elvira edit   pdf
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  Title Dynamic Comparison of Headlights Type Journal
  Year 2008 Publication Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 222 Issue 5 Pages 643–656  
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  Call Number ADAS @ adas @ SDL2008a Serial 958  
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Author Yu Jie; Jaume Amores; N. Sebe; Petia Radeva; Tian Qi edit  openurl
  Title Distance Learning for Similarity Estimation Type Journal
  Year 2008 Publication IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol.30(3):451–462 Abbreviated Journal  
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  Call Number ADAS @ adas @ JAS2008 Serial 961  
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Author Angel Sappa; Fadi Dornaika; Daniel Ponsa; David Geronimo; Antonio Lopez edit   pdf
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  Title An Efficient Approach to Onboard Stereo Vision System Pose Estimation Type Journal
  Year 2008 Publication IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems Abbreviated Journal TITS  
  Volume 9 Issue 3 Pages 476–490  
  Keywords Camera extrinsic parameter estimation, ground plane estimation, onboard stereo vision system  
  Abstract This paper presents an efficient technique for estimating the pose of an onboard stereo vision system relative to the environment’s dominant surface area, which is supposed to be the road surface. Unlike previous approaches, it can be used either for urban or highway scenarios since it is not based on a specific visual traffic feature extraction but on 3-D raw data points. The whole process is performed in the Euclidean space and consists of two stages. Initially, a compact 2-D representation of the original 3-D data points is computed. Then, a RANdom SAmple Consensus (RANSAC) based least-squares approach is used to fit a plane to the road. Fast RANSAC fitting is obtained by selecting points according to a probability function that takes into account the density of points at a given depth. Finally, stereo camera height and pitch angle are computed related to the fitted road plane. The proposed technique is intended to be used in driverassistance systems for applications such as vehicle or pedestrian detection. Experimental results on urban environments, which are the most challenging scenarios (i.e., flat/uphill/downhill driving, speed bumps, and car’s accelerations), are presented. These results are validated with manually annotated ground truth. Additionally, comparisons with previous works are presented to show the improvements in the central processing unit processing time, as well as in the accuracy of the obtained results.  
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Author Fadi Dornaika; Angel Sappa edit  openurl
  Title Evaluation of an Appearance-based 3D Face Tracker using Dense 3D Data Type Journal
  Year 2008 Publication Machine Vision and Applications Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 19 Issue 5-6 Pages 427–441  
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Author Hugo Berti; Angel Sappa; Osvaldo Agamennoni edit  openurl
  Title Improved Dynamic Window Approach by Using Lyapunov Stability Criteria Type Journal
  Year 2008 Publication Latin American Applied Research Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 38 Issue 4 Pages 289–298  
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Author Fadi Dornaika; Angel Sappa edit  url
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  Title A Featureless and Stochastic Approach to On-board Stereo Vision System Pose Type Journal Article
  Year 2009 Publication Image and Vision Computing Abbreviated Journal IMAVIS  
  Volume 27 Issue 9 Pages 1382–1393  
  Keywords On-board stereo vision system; Pose estimation; Featureless approach; Particle filtering; Image warping  
  Abstract This paper presents a direct and stochastic technique for real-time estimation of on-board stereo head’s position and orientation. Unlike existing works which rely on feature extraction either in the image domain or in 3D space, our proposed approach directly estimates the unknown parameters from the stream of stereo pairs’ brightness. The pose parameters are tracked using the particle filtering framework which implicitly enforces the smoothness constraints on the estimated parameters. The proposed technique can be used with a driver assistance applications as well as with augmented reality applications. Extended experiments on urban environments with different road geometries are presented. Comparisons with a 3D data-based approach are presented. Moreover, we provide a performance study aiming at evaluating the accuracy of the proposed approach.  
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  Call Number ADAS @ adas @ DoS2009b Serial 1152  
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Author Carme Julia; Angel Sappa; Felipe Lumbreras; Joan Serrat; Antonio Lopez edit   pdf
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  Title An iterative multiresolution scheme for SFM with missing data Type Journal Article
  Year 2009 Publication Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision Abbreviated Journal JMIV  
  Volume 34 Issue 3 Pages 240–258  
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  Abstract Several techniques have been proposed for tackling the Structure from Motion problem through factorization in the case of missing data. However, when the percentage of unknown data is high, most of them may not perform as well as expected. Focussing on this problem, an iterative multiresolution scheme, which aims at recovering missing entries in the originally given input matrix, is proposed. Information recovered following a coarse-to-fine strategy is used for filling in the missing entries. The objective is to recover, as much as possible, missing data in the given matrix.
Thus, when a factorization technique is applied to the partially or totally filled in matrix, instead of to the originally given input one, better results will be obtained. An evaluation study about the robustness to missing and noisy data is reported.
Experimental results obtained with synthetic and real video sequences are presented to show the viability of the proposed approach.
 
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Author Daniel Ponsa; Antonio Lopez edit   pdf
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  Title Variance reduction techniques in particle-based visual contour Tracking Type Journal Article
  Year 2009 Publication Pattern Recognition Abbreviated Journal PR  
  Volume 42 Issue 11 Pages 2372–2391  
  Keywords Contour tracking; Active shape models; Kalman filter; Particle filter; Importance sampling; Unscented particle filter; Rao-Blackwellization; Partitioned sampling  
  Abstract This paper presents a comparative study of three different strategies to improve the performance of particle filters, in the context of visual contour tracking: the unscented particle filter, the Rao-Blackwellized particle filter, and the partitioned sampling technique. The tracking problem analyzed is the joint estimation of the global and local transformation of the outline of a given target, represented following the active shape model approach. The main contributions of the paper are the novel adaptations of the considered techniques on this generic problem, and the quantitative assessment of their performance in extensive experimental work done.  
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  Call Number ADAS @ adas @ PoL2009a Serial 1168  
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Author Daniel Ponsa; Joan Serrat; Antonio Lopez edit   pdf
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  Title On-board image-based vehicle detection and tracking Type Journal Article
  Year 2011 Publication Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control Abbreviated Journal TIM  
  Volume 33 Issue 7 Pages 783-805  
  Keywords vehicle detection  
  Abstract In this paper we present a computer vision system for daytime vehicle detection and localization, an essential step in the development of several types of advanced driver assistance systems. It has a reduced processing time and high accuracy thanks to the combination of vehicle detection with lane-markings estimation and temporal tracking of both vehicles and lane markings. Concerning vehicle detection, our main contribution is a frame scanning process that inspects images according to the geometry of image formation, and with an Adaboost-based detector that is robust to the variability in the different vehicle types (car, van, truck) and lighting conditions. In addition, we propose a new method to estimate the most likely three-dimensional locations of vehicles on the road ahead. With regards to the lane-markings estimation component, we have two main contributions. First, we employ a different image feature to the other commonly used edges: we use ridges, which are better suited to this problem. Second, we adapt RANSAC, a generic robust estimation method, to fit a parametric model of a pair of lane markings to the image features. We qualitatively assess our vehicle detection system in sequences captured on several road types and under very different lighting conditions. The processed videos are available on a web page associated with this paper. A quantitative evaluation of the system has shown quite accurate results (a low number of false positives and negatives) at a reasonable computation time.  
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Author Jose Manuel Alvarez; Antonio Lopez edit   pdf
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  Title Road Detection Based on Illuminant Invariance Type Journal Article
  Year 2011 Publication IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems Abbreviated Journal TITS  
  Volume 12 Issue 1 Pages 184-193  
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  Abstract By using an onboard camera, it is possible to detect the free road surface ahead of the ego-vehicle. Road detection is of high relevance for autonomous driving, road departure warning, and supporting driver-assistance systems such as vehicle and pedestrian detection. The key for vision-based road detection is the ability to classify image pixels as belonging or not to the road surface. Identifying road pixels is a major challenge due to the intraclass variability caused by lighting conditions. A particularly difficult scenario appears when the road surface has both shadowed and nonshadowed areas. Accordingly, we propose a novel approach to vision-based road detection that is robust to shadows. The novelty of our approach relies on using a shadow-invariant feature space combined with a model-based classifier. The model is built online to improve the adaptability of the algorithm to the current lighting and the presence of other vehicles in the scene. The proposed algorithm works in still images and does not depend on either road shape or temporal restrictions. Quantitative and qualitative experiments on real-world road sequences with heavy traffic and shadows show that the method is robust to shadows and lighting variations. Moreover, the proposed method provides the highest performance when compared with hue-saturation-intensity (HSI)-based algorithms.  
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  Call Number ADAS @ adas @ AlL2011 Serial 1456  
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