The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume XLII-2/W12
09 May 2019
 | 09 May 2019


V. V. Kniaz and A. N. Bordodymov

Keywords: person Re-ID, generative adversarial networks, thermal images, image colorization

Abstract. Person re-identification (ReID) in color and thermal images require matching of the object color and its temperature. While thermal cameras increase the performance of ReID systems during the night-time, identification of corresponding features in the visible and the long-wave infrared range is challenging. The biggest challenge arises from the multimodal relationship between an object’s color and its temperature. Modern ReID methods provide state-of-the-art results in person matching in the visible range. Hence, it is possible to perform multimodal matching by translation of a thermal probe image to the color domain. After that, the synthetic color probe image is matched with images from the real color gallery set. This paper is focused on the development of the ThermalReID multispectral person ReID framework. The framework performs matching in two steps. Firstly, it colorizes the input thermal probe image using a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN). Secondly, it matches images in the color domain using color histograms and MSCR features. We evaluate the ThermalReID framework using RegDB and ThermalWorld datasets. The results of the evaluation are twofold. Firstly, the developed GAN performs realistic colorization of thermal images. Secondly, the ThermalReID framework provides matching of persons in color and thermal images that compete with and surpass the state-of-the-art. The developed ThermalReID framework can be used in video surveillance systems for effective person ReID during the nighttime.