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4 September 2009 Automated tracking of a figure skater by using PTZ cameras
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In this paper, a system for automated real-time tracking of a figure skater moving on an ice rink by using PTZ cameras is presented. This system is intended for support in training of skating, for example, as a tool for recording and evaluation of his/her motion performances. In the processing procedure of the system, an ice rink region is extracted first from a video image by region growing method, then one of hole components in the obtained rink region is extracted as a skater region. If there exists no hole component, a skater region is estimated from horizontal and vertical intensity projections of the rink region. Each camera is automatically panned and/or tilted so as to keep the skater region on almost the center of the image, and also zoomed so as to keep the height of the skater region within an appropriate range. In the experiments using 5 practical video images of skating, it was shown that the extraction rate of the skater region was almost 90%, and tracking with camera control was successfully done for almost all of the cases used here.
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Tomohiko Haraguchi, Tsuyoshi Taki, and Junichi Hasegawa "Automated tracking of a figure skater by using PTZ cameras", Proc. SPIE 7447, Videometrics, Range Imaging, and Applications X, 74470F (4 September 2009);

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