A Benchmark and Simulator for UAV Tracking

M. Mueller, N. Smith, B. Ghanem
European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2016), (2016)

A Benchmark and Simulator for UAV Tracking

Keywords

UAV Tracking, UAV Simulator, Aerial Object Tracking, Benchmark, Dataset

Abstract

​In this paper, we propose a new aerial video dataset and benchmark for low altitude UAV target tracking, as well as, a photorealistic UAV simulator that can be coupled with tracking methods. Our benchmark provides the first evaluation of many state-of-the-art and popular trackers on 123 new and fully annotated HD video sequences captured from a low-altitude aerial perspective. Among the compared trackers, we determine which ones are the most suitable for UAV tracking both in terms of tracking accuracy and run-time. The simulator can be used to evaluate tracking algorithms in real-time scenarios before they are deployed on a UAV \in the field", as well as, generate synthetic but photo-realistic tracking datasets with automatic ground truth annotations to easily extend existing real-world datasets. Both the benchmark and simulator are made publicly available to the vision community on our website to further research in the area of object tracking from UAVs.

Code

2016

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