This paper presents a robust and real-time method for people detection in urban and crowed environments. Unlike other conventional methods which either focus on single features or compute multiple and independent classifiers specialized in a particular feature space, the proposed approach creates a synergic combination of appearance and depth cues in a unique classifier. The core of our method is a Boosted Random Ferns classifier that selects automatically the most discriminative local binary features for both the appearance and depth image spaces. Based on this classifier, a fast and robust people detector which maintains high detection rates in spite of environmental changes is created. The proposed method has been validated in a challenging RGB-D database of people in urban scenarios and has shown that outperforms state-of-the-art approaches in spite of the difficult environment conditions. As a result, this method is of special interest for real-time robotic applications where people detection is a key matter, such as human-robot interaction or safe navigation of mobile robots for example.
Acknowledgements: This work has been partially funded by the EU project CargoANTs FP7-SST-2013-605598 and the Spanish CICYT project DPI2013- 42458-P.