A mathematical morphology based approach for vehicle detection in road tunnels


A novel approach to automatically detect vehicles in road tunnels is presented in this paper. Non-uniform and poor illumination conditions prevail in road tunnels making difficult to achieve robust vehicle detection. In order to cope with the illumination issues, we propose a local higher-order statistic filter to make the vehicle detection invariant to illumination changes, whereas a morphological-based background subtraction is used to generate a convex hull segmentation of the vehicles. An evaluation test comparing our approach with a benchmark object detector shows that our approach outperforms in terms of false detection rate and overlap area detection.

Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering (8 pages)