Real-Time Pose Based Human Detection and Re-Identification with a Single Camera for Robot Person Following
Welsh, John Bradford
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In this work we address the challenge of following a person with a mobile robot, with a focus on the image processing aspect. We overview different historical approaches for person following and outline the advantages and disadvantages of each. We then show that recent convolutional neural networks trained for human pose detection are suitable for person detection as it relates to the robot following problem. We extend one such pose detection network to spatially embed the identity of individuals in the image, utilizing the pose features already computed. The proposed identity embedding allows the system to robustly track individuals in consecutive frames even in long term occlusion or absence. The final system provides a robust person tracking scheme which is suitable for person following.