Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member

Venkatesan Muthukumar

Number of Pages



Video based vehicle detection and surveillance technologies are an integral part of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), due to its non-intrusiveness and capability or capturing global and specific vehicle behavior data. The initial goal of this thesis is to develop an efficient advance warning ITS system for detection of congestion at work zones and special events based on video detection. The goals accomplished by this thesis are: (1) successfully developed the advance warning ITS system using off-the-shelf components and, (2) Develop and evaluate an improved vehicle detection and tracking algorithm. The advance warning ITS system developed includes many off-the-shelf equipments like "Autoscope" (video based vehicle detector), Digital Video Recorders, RF transceivers, high gain Yagi antennas, variable message signs and interface processors. The video based detection system used requires calibration and fine tuning of configuration parameters for accurate results. Therefore, an in-house video based vehicle detection system was developed using the Corner Harris algorithm to eliminate the need of complex calibration and contrasts modifications. The algorithm was implemented using OpenCV library on a Arcom's Olympus Windows XP Embedded development kit running WinXPE operating system. The algorithm performance is for accuracy in vehicle speed and count is evaluated. The performance of the proposed algorithm is equivalent or better to the Autoscope system without any modifications to calibration and lamination adjustments.


Advanced; Based; Detection; Intelligent; System; Transportation; Vehicle; Video; Warning

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering; Transportation

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4372.48 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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