Aircraft-mounted cameras have potential to greatly increase the effectiveness of wilderness search and rescue efforts by collecting photographs or video of the search area. The more data that is collected, the more difficult it becomes to process it by visual inspection alone. This work presents a method for automatically detecting unusual objects in aerial video to assist people in locating signs of missing persons in wilderness areas. The detector presented here makes use of anomaly detection methods originally designed for hyperspectral imagery. Multiple anomaly detection methods are considered, implemented, and evaluated. These anomalies are then aggregated into spatiotemporal objects by using the video's inherent spatial and temporal redundancy. The results are therefore summarized into a list of unusual objects to enhance the search technician's video review interface. In the user study reported here, unusual objects found by the detector were overlaid on the video during review. This increased participants' ability to find relevant objects in a simulated search without significantly affecting the rate of false detection. Other effects and possible ways to improve the user interface are also discussed.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Computer Science
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Thornton, Daniel Richard, "Unusual-Object Detection in Color Video for Wilderness Search and Rescue" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2452.
wilderness search and rescue, anomaly detection, aerial imagery, user study