Tracking Down Under: Following the Satin Bowerbird

TitleTracking Down Under: Following the Satin Bowerbird
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsKembhavi A, Farrell R, Luo Y, Jacobs DW, Duraiswami R, Davis LS
Conference NameApplications of Computer Vision, 2008. WACV 2008. IEEE Workshop on
Date Published2008/01//
Keywordsanalysis, behavior;animal, Bowerbird;animal, computing;feature, detection;animal, extraction;tracking;video, processing;zoology;, Satin, sciences, selection;behavioural, signal, tool;feature, tracking;automated, video

Socio biologists collect huge volumes of video to study animal behavior (our collaborators work with 30,000 hours of video). The scale of these datasets demands the development of automated video analysis tools. Detecting and tracking animals is a critical first step in this process. However, off-the-shelf methods prove incapable of handling videos characterized by poor quality, drastic illumination changes, non-stationary scenery and foreground objects that become motionless for long stretches of time. We improve on existing approaches by taking advantage of specific aspects of this problem: by using information from the entire video we are able to find animals that become motionless for long intervals of time; we make robust decisions based on regional features; for different parts of the image, we tailor the selection of model features, choosing the features most helpful in differentiating the target animal from the background in that part of the image. We evaluate our method, achieving almost 83% tracking accuracy on a more than 200,000 frame dataset of Satin Bowerbird courtship videos.