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Camera Placement Meeting Restrictions of Computer Vision

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posted on 2020-05-02, 02:47 authored by Sara AghajanzadehSara Aghajanzadeh

In the blooming era of smart edge devices, surveillance cameras have been deployed in many locations. Surveillance cameras are most useful when they are spaced out to maximize coverage of an area. However, deciding where to place cameras is an NP-hard problem and researchers have proposed heuristic solutions. Existing work does not consider a significant restriction of computer vision: in order to track a moving object, the object must occupy enough pixels. The number of pixels depends on many factors (How far away is the object? What is the camera resolution? What is the focal length?). In this study we propose a camera placement method that identifies effective camera placement in arbitrary spaces, and can account for different camera types as well. Our strategy represents spaces as polygons, then uses a greedy algorithm to partition the polygons and determine the cameras' locations to provide desired coverage. The solution also makes it possible to perform object tracking via overlapping camera placement. Our method is evaluated against complex shapes and real-world museum floor plans, achieving up to 85% coverage and 25% overlap.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Yung-Hsiang Lu

Additional Committee Member 2

David Ebert

Additional Committee Member 3

Jennifer Neville

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