A high-speed tracking algorithm for dense granular media

Cerda M, Waitukaitis SR, Navarro C, Silva J, Mujica N, Hitschfeld N. 2018. A high-speed tracking algorithm for dense granular media. Computer Physics Communications. 227, 8–16.

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Cerda, Mauricio; Waitukaitis, Scott RIST Austria ; Navarro, Cristóbal; Silva, Juan; Mujica, Nicolás; Hitschfeld, Nancy
Abstract
Many fields of study, including medical imaging, granular physics, colloidal physics, and active matter, require the precise identification and tracking of particle-like objects in images. While many algorithms exist to track particles in diffuse conditions, these often perform poorly when particles are densely packed together—as in, for example, solid-like systems of granular materials. Incorrect particle identification can have significant effects on the calculation of physical quantities, which makes the development of more precise and faster tracking algorithms a worthwhile endeavor. In this work, we present a new tracking algorithm to identify particles in dense systems that is both highly accurate and fast. We demonstrate the efficacy of our approach by analyzing images of dense, solid-state granular media, where we achieve an identification error of 5% in the worst evaluated cases. Going further, we propose a parallelization strategy for our algorithm using a GPU, which results in a speedup of up to 10× when compared to a sequential CPU implementation in C and up to 40× when compared to the reference MATLAB library widely used for particle tracking. Our results extend the capabilities of state-of-the-art particle tracking methods by allowing fast, high-fidelity detection in dense media at high resolutions.
Publishing Year
Date Published
2018-06-01
Journal Title
Computer Physics Communications
Volume
227
Page
8 - 16
IST-REx-ID
125

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Cerda M, Waitukaitis SR, Navarro C, Silva J, Mujica N, Hitschfeld N. A high-speed tracking algorithm for dense granular media. Computer Physics Communications. 2018;227:8-16. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2018.02.010
Cerda, M., Waitukaitis, S. R., Navarro, C., Silva, J., Mujica, N., & Hitschfeld, N. (2018). A high-speed tracking algorithm for dense granular media. Computer Physics Communications. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpc.2018.02.010
Cerda, Mauricio, Scott R Waitukaitis, Cristóbal Navarro, Juan Silva, Nicolás Mujica, and Nancy Hitschfeld. “A High-Speed Tracking Algorithm for Dense Granular Media.” Computer Physics Communications. Elsevier, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpc.2018.02.010.
M. Cerda, S. R. Waitukaitis, C. Navarro, J. Silva, N. Mujica, and N. Hitschfeld, “A high-speed tracking algorithm for dense granular media,” Computer Physics Communications, vol. 227. Elsevier, pp. 8–16, 2018.
Cerda M, Waitukaitis SR, Navarro C, Silva J, Mujica N, Hitschfeld N. 2018. A high-speed tracking algorithm for dense granular media. Computer Physics Communications. 227, 8–16.
Cerda, Mauricio, et al. “A High-Speed Tracking Algorithm for Dense Granular Media.” Computer Physics Communications, vol. 227, Elsevier, 2018, pp. 8–16, doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2018.02.010.

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