Traffic Sign Detection in CSharp

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<font color=green> This project is part of the Emgu.CV.Example solution </font>

System Requirement

Component Requirement Detail
Emgu CV Version Alpha
Operation System Cross Platform

Traffic Sign Detection

Traffic sign detection is a crucial component in an autonomous vehicle navigation system. For an automobile to navigate itself safely in an urban environment, it must be able to understand traffic signs

  • It should be able to read the speed limit, such that it will not received tickets for speeding and paid a premium on its insurance
  • It should be able to read traffic lights and stop on red
  • It should be able to read stop sign and yield to other vehicles which are also crossing the same intersection.
  • ...

This tutorial aims to solve a small part of a autonomous vehicle navigation system, which detect stop sign from images captured by camera.

Stop Sign Detection

The first task to implement a stop sign detection algorithm is to understand the appearance of a stop sign in North American.

North American Stop Sign

A North American stop sign is a red octagon with "STOP" written in the center. Given this information, we design the stop sign detection to be a two pass algorithm:

  • In the first step, we try to extract red octagons
  • In the second step, we use SURF to match features on the candidate region to our model stop sign. If sufficient matches are found, we consider it a stop sign.

Complete Source code

<source lang="csharp"> using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Text; using System.Drawing; using Emgu.CV; using Emgu.CV.Structure; using Emgu.Util; using System.Diagnostics;

namespace TrafficSignRecognition {

  public class StopSignDetector : DisposableObject
     private SURFTracker _tracker;
     private MCvSURFParams _surfParam;
     private MemStorage _octagonStorage;
     private Contour<Point> _octagon;
     public StopSignDetector()
        _surfParam = new MCvSURFParams(500, false);
        using (Image<Bgr, Byte> stopSignModel = new Image<Bgr, Byte>("stop-sign-model.png"))
        using (Image<Gray, Byte> redMask = GetRedPixelMask(stopSignModel))
           _tracker = new SURFTracker(redMask.ExtractSURF(ref _surfParam));
        _octagonStorage = new MemStorage();
        _octagon = new Contour<Point>(_octagonStorage);
        _octagon.PushMulti(new Point[] { 
           new Point(1, 0),
           new Point(2, 0),
           new Point(3, 1),
           new Point(3, 2),
           new Point(2, 3),
           new Point(1, 3),
           new Point(0, 2),
           new Point(0, 1)},
     /// <summary>
     /// Compute the red pixel mask for the given image. 
     /// A red pixel is a pixel where:  20 &lt; hue &lt; 160 AND satuation &gt; 10
     /// </summary>
     /// <param name="image">The color image to find red mask from</param>
     /// <returns>The red pixel mask</returns>
     private static Image<Gray, Byte> GetRedPixelMask(Image<Bgr, byte> image)
        using (Image<Hsv, Byte> hsv = image.Convert<Hsv, Byte>())
           Image<Gray, Byte>[] channels = hsv.Split();
           //channels[0] is the mask for hue less than 20 or larger than 160
           CvInvoke.cvInRangeS(channels[0], new MCvScalar(20), new MCvScalar(160), channels[0]);
           //channels[1] is the mask for satuation of at least 10, this is mainly used to filter out white pixels
           channels[1]._ThresholdBinary(new Gray(10), new Gray(255.0));
           CvInvoke.cvAnd(channels[0], channels[1], channels[0], IntPtr.Zero);
           return channels[0];
     private void FindStopSign(Image<Bgr, byte> img, List<Image<Gray, Byte>> stopSignList, List<Rectangle> boxList, Contour<Point> contours)
        for (; contours != null; contours = contours.HNext)
           contours.ApproxPoly(contours.Perimeter * 0.02, 0, contours.Storage);
           if (contours.Area > 200)
              double ratio = CvInvoke.cvMatchShapes(_octagon, contours, Emgu.CV.CvEnum.CONTOURS_MATCH_TYPE.CV_CONTOURS_MATCH_I3, 0);
              if (ratio > 0.1) //not a good match of contour shape
                 Contour<Point> child = contours.VNext;
                 if (child != null)
                    FindStopSign(img, stopSignList, boxList, child);
              Rectangle box = contours.BoundingRectangle;
              Image<Gray, Byte> candidate;
              using (Image<Bgr, Byte> tmp = img.Copy(box))
                 candidate = tmp.Convert<Gray, byte>();
              //set the value of pixels not in the contour region to zero
              using (Image<Gray, Byte> mask = new Image<Gray, byte>(box.Size))
                 mask.Draw(contours, new Gray(255), new Gray(255), 0, -1, new Point(-box.X, -box.Y));
                 double mean = CvInvoke.cvAvg(candidate, mask).v0;
                 candidate._ThresholdBinary(new Gray(mean), new Gray(255.0));
                 candidate.SetValue(0, mask);
              SURFFeature[] features = candidate.ExtractSURF(ref _surfParam);
              SURFTracker.MatchedSURFFeature[] matchedFeatures = _tracker.MatchFeature(features, 2, 20);
              int goodMatchCount = 0;
              foreach (SURFTracker.MatchedSURFFeature ms in matchedFeatures)
                 if (ms.Distances[0] < 0.5) goodMatchCount++;
              if (goodMatchCount >= 10)
     public void DetectStopSign(Image<Bgr, byte> img, List<Image<Gray, Byte>> stopSignList, List<Rectangle> boxList)
        Image<Bgr, Byte> smoothImg = img.SmoothGaussian(5, 5, 1.5, 1.5);
        Image<Gray, Byte> smoothedRedMask = GetRedPixelMask(smoothImg);
        using (Image<Gray, Byte> canny = smoothedRedMask.Erode(3).Dilate(3).Canny(new Gray(100), new Gray(50)))
        using (MemStorage stor = new MemStorage())
           Contour<Point> contours = canny.FindContours(
           FindStopSign(img, stopSignList, boxList, contours);
     protected override void DisposeObject()

} </source>


Stop Sign Detection