Using synthetic data for person tracking under adverse weather conditions

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Kerim A., ÇELİKCAN U., Erdem E., Erdem A.

IMAGE AND VISION COMPUTING, vol.111, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 111
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.imavis.2021.104187
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology Source, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Robust visual tracking plays a vital role in many areas such as autonomous cars, surveillance and robotics. Recent trackers were shown to achieve adequate results under normal tracking scenarios with clear weather conditions, standard camera setups and lighting conditions. Yet, the performance of these trackers, whether they are corre-lation filter-based or learning-based, degrade under adverse weather conditions. The lack of videos with such weather conditions, in the available visual object tracking datasets, is the prime issue behind the low perfor-mance of the learning-based tracking algorithms. In this work, we provide a new person tracking dataset of real-world sequences (PTAW172Real) captured under foggy, rainy and snowy weather conditions to assess the performance of the current trackers. We also introduce a novel person tracking dataset of synthetic sequences (PTAW217Synth) procedurally generated by our NOVA framework spanning the same weather conditions in varying severity to mitigate the problem of data scarcity. Our experimental results demonstrate that the perfor-mances of the state-of-the-art deep trackers under adverse weather conditions can be boosted when the avail-able real training sequences are complemented with our synthetically generated dataset during training. (c) 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.