A neural fuzzy system for image motion estimation

C. T. Lin*, I. F. Chung, L. K.Martin Sheu

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Many methods for computing optical flow (image motion vector) have been proposed while others continue to appear. Block-matching methods are widely used because of their simplicity and easy implementation. The motion vector is uniquely defined, in block-matching methods, by the best fit of a small reference subblock from a previous image frame in a larger, search region from the present image frame. Hence, this method is very sensitive to the real environments (involving occlusion, specularity, shadowing, transparency, etc.). In this paper, a neural fuzzy system with robust characteristics and learning ability is incorporated with the block-matching method to make a system adaptive for different circumstances. In the neural fuzzy motion estimation system, each subblock in the search region is assigned a similarity membership contributing different degrees to the motion vector. This system is more reliable, robust, and accurate in motion estimation than many other methods including Horn and Schunck's optical flow, fuzzy logic motion estimator (FME), best block matching, NR, and fast block matching. Since fast block-matching algorithms can be used to reduce search time, a three-step fast search method is employed to find the motion vector in our system. However, the candidate motion vector is often trapped by the local minimum, which makes the motion vector undesirable. An improved three-step fast search method is tested to reduce the effect from local minimum and some comparisons about fast search algorithms are made. In addition, a Quarter Compensation Algorithm for compensating the interframe image to tackle the problem that the motion vector is not an integer but rather a floating point is proposed. Since our system can give the accurate motion vector, we may use the motion information in many different applications such as motion compensation, CCD camera auto-focusing or zooming, moving object extraction, etc. Two application examples will be illustrated in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-304
Number of pages24
JournalFuzzy Sets and Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2000


  • Affine motion
  • Backpropagation
  • Block matching
  • Membership function
  • Motion vector
  • Optical flow


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