Continuous Learning of a Multilayered Network Topology in a Video Camera Network
© Xiaotao Zou et al. 2009
Received: 20 February 2009
Accepted: 23 September 2009
Published: 16 November 2009
A multilayered camera network architecture with nodes as entry/exit points, cameras, and clusters of cameras at different layers is proposed. Unlike existing methods that used discrete events or appearance information to infer the network topology at a single level, this paper integrates face recognition that provides robustness to appearance changes and better models the time-varying traffic patterns in the network. The statistical dependence between the nodes, indicating the connectivity and traffic patterns of the camera network, is represented by a weighted directed graph and transition times that may have multimodal distributions. The traffic patterns and the network topology may be changing in the dynamic environment. We propose a Monte Carlo Expectation-Maximization algorithm-based continuous learning mechanism to capture the latent dynamically changing characteristics of the network topology. In the experiments, a nine-camera network with twenty-five nodes (at the lowest level) is analyzed both in simulation and in real-life experiments and compared with previous approaches.
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