Discriminative spatial attention for robust tracking

Jialue Fan*, Ying Wu, Shengyang Dai

*Corresponding author for this work

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A major reason leading to tracking failure is the spatial distractions that exhibit similar visual appearances as the target, because they also generate good matches to the target and thus distract the tracker. It is in general very difficult to handle this situation. In a selective attention tracking paradigm, this paper advocates a new approach of discriminative spatial attention that identifies some special regions on the target, called attentional regions (ARs). The ARs show strong discriminative power in their discriminative domains where they do not observe similar things. This paper presents an efficient two-stage method that divides the discriminative domain into a local and a semi-local one. In the local domain, the visual appearance of an attentional region is locally linearized and its discriminative power is closely related to the property of the associated linear manifold, so that a gradient-based search is designed to locate the set of local ARs. Based on that, the set of semi-local ARs are identified through an efficient branch-and-bound procedure that guarantees the optimality. Extensive experiments show that such discriminative spatial attention leads to superior performances in many challenging target tracking tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision, ECCV 2010 - 11th European Conference on Computer Vision, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)3642155480, 9783642155482
StatePublished - 2010
Event11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2010 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: Sep 10 2010Sep 11 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume6311 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2010
CityHeraklion, Crete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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