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<p><b>Abstract</b>—Motion detection can play an important role in many vision tasks. Yet image motion can arise from “uninteresting” events as well as interesting ones. In this paper, salient motion is defined as motion that is likely to result from a typical surveillance target (e.g., a person or vehicle traveling with a sense of direction through a scene) as opposed to other distracting motions (e.g., the scintillation of specularities on water, the oscillation of vegetation in the wind). We propose an algorithm for detecting this salient motion that is based on intermediate-stage vision integration of optical flow. Empirical results are presented that illustrate the applicability of the proposed methods to real-world video. Unlike many motion detection schemes, no knowledge about expected object size or shape is necessary for rejecting the distracting motion. </p>
Motion detection, optical flow, vegetation, motion salience.

L. Wixson, "Detecting Salient Motion by Accumulating Directionally-Consistent Flow," in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence, vol. 22, no. , pp. 774-780, 2000.
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