AURORA: autonomous real-time on-board video analytics

Plamen Angelov, Pouria Sadeghi Tehran, Christopher Clarke

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In this paper, we describe the design and implementation of a small light weight, low-cost and power-efficient payload system for the use in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The primary application of the payload system is that of performing real-time autonomous objects detection and tracking in the videos taken from a UAV camera. The implemented objects detection and tracking algorithms utilise Recursive Density Estimation (RDE) and Evolving Local Means (ELM) clustering to perform detection and tracking moving objects. Furthermore, experiments are presented which demonstrate that the introduced system is able to detect by on-board processing any moving objects from a UAV and start tracking them in real-time while at the same time sending important data only to a control station located on the ground.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-865
Number of pages11
JournalNeural Computing and Applications
Issue number5
Early online date19 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017


  • Autonomous objects detection
  • unmanned aerial vehicle
  • evolving clustering
  • video analytics
  • linear motion model


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