Illumination-Aware Image Segmentation for Real-Time Moving Cast Shadow Suppression

Hadi Ghahremannezhad, Hang Shi, Chengjun Liu

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Abstract

One of the main challenges facing foreground detection methods is the performance deterioration due to shadows cast by moving objects. In this paper, a new real-time method is proposed that integrates various cues for region-wise classification to deal with achromaticity and camouflage issues in suppressing cast shadows. Specifically, after background subtraction, a locally near-invariant illumination feature is used as input for watershed segmentation approach to extract a number of superpixels. The superpixels are further merged according to three illumination criteria with the purpose of constructing segments that are locally homogeneous in terms of illumination variations. These segments are then classified according to the number of potential shadow candidates, gradient direction correlation, and the number of external boundary points. The potential shadow candidates are extracted by establishing a set of chromatic criteria in the HSV color-space. The gradient correlation is considered due to the fact that shadows do not impose considerable variations in the gradient directions. On the other hand, shadow segments contain a notable number of extrinsic boundary points which is used as an additional cue. Final shadow detection is achieved by integrating the outputs of the previous steps. The experimental results using publicly available videos from ATON dataset show the feasibility of our proposed method for real-time applications. The code is publicly available at: http://github.com/hadi-ghnd/ShadowDetection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIST 2022 - IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665481021
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques, IST 2022 - Virtual, Online, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Jun 21 2022Jun 23 2022

Publication series

NameIST 2022 - IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques, Proceedings

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques, IST 2022
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/21/226/23/22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Media Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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