Roddy Collins will present a paper titled ‘Content-based retrieval in surveillance video based on appearance and events.’


We describe a system for content-based retrieval from large surveillance video archives, using behavior, action and appearance of objects. Objects are detected, tracked, and classified into broad categories. Their behavior and appearance are characterized by action detectors and descriptors, which are indexed in an archive. Queries can be posed as video exemplars, and the results can be refined through relevance feedback. The contributions of our system include the fusion of behavior and action detectors with appearance for matching; the improvement of query results through interactive query refinement (IQR), which learns a discriminative classifier online based on user feedback; and reasonable performance on low resolution, poor quality video. The system operates on video from ground cameras and aerial platforms, both RGB and IR. Performance is evaluated on publicly-available surveillance datasets, showing that subtle actions can be detected under difficult conditions, with reasonable improvement from IQR.

Anthony Hoogs is participating as an invited speaker at the 3rd Workshop on Vehicle Retrieval in Surveillance (VRS 2015).

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