Car Detection in Low Resolution Aerial Images

Tao Zhao


We present a system to detect passenger cars in aerial images where cars appear as small objects. We pose this as a 3D object recognition problem to account for the variation in viewpoint and the shadow.

We started from psychological tests to find important features for human detection of cars. Based on these observations, we selected the boundary of the car body, the boundary of the front windshield, the shadow as the features. Some of these features are affected by the intensity of the car and whether or not there is a shadow along it. This information is represented in the structure of the Bayesian network which we use to integrate all features. Experiments show very promising results even on some very challeging images.

Maintained by Philippos Mordohai