Automated Collection of Pedestrian Data Using Computer Vision Techniques

Pedestrian data collection is critical for the planning and design of pedestrian facilities. Most pedestrian data collection efforts involve field observations or observer-based video analysis. These manual observations are time consuming, limited in coverage, resource intensive and error prone. Automated video analysis which involves the use of computer vision techniques can overcome many of these shortcomings. Despite advances in the field of computer vision applications for pedestrian detection and tracking, the technical literature shows little use of these techniques in pedestrian data collection practices. The likely reasons are the technical complexities that surround the processing of pedestrian videos. To extract pedestrian trajectories automatically from video, all road users must be detected, tracked at each frame and classified by type, at least as pedestrians and non-pedestrians. This is a challenging task in busy open outdoor urban environment. Common problems include global illumination variations, multiple object tracking and shadow handling. Specific problems arise when dealing with pedestrians because of their complex movement dynamics, varied appearance and non-rigid nature. The main objective of this study is to present a system for automated collection of pedestrian walking speed using computer vision techniques. The system is based on a previously developed feature-based tracking system for vehicles which was significantly modified to adapt to the particularities of pedestrian movement and to discriminate pedestrian and motorized traffic. The system was tested on real video data collected at Downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia. This study is unique in so far as it tests the system under a variety of daylight conditions, crowd densities, movement context, and the video analysis approach. Promising results were obtained and several conclusions were drawn using statistical analysis of the automatically extracted pedestrian trajectories.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 88th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01125427
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 09-1122
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2009 1:36PM