Recognition of Activities of Daily Living
Speaker: Dr. Alexia Briasouli, CERTH
Date: 22 July 2013 Time: 11:00-12:30
Location: "Mediterranean Studies" Seminar Room, FORTH
Host: Panagiotis Tsakalides


Activity recognition is one of the most active topics within computer vision. Despite its popularity, its application in real life scenarios is limited because many methods are not entirely automated and consume high computational resources for inferring information. In this work, we contribute two novel algorithms: (a) one for automatic video sequence segmentation - elsewhere referred to as action spotting or action detection - and (b) a second one for reducing activity representation computational cost. Two Bag-of-Words (BoW) representation schemas were tested for recognition purposes. A set of experiments was performed, both on publicly available datasets of activities of daily living (ADL), but also on our own ADL dataset with both healthy subjects and people with dementia, in realistic, life-like environments that are more challenging than those of benchmark datasets. Our method is shown to provide results better than, or comparable with, the SoA, while we also contribute a realistic ADL dataset to the community.


Alexia Briassouli received the Diploma degree in eletrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1999, an MSc in Signals and Systems Processing from the University of Patras in 2000, and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign in 2005. She taught signal, image, video and audio processing classes at an undergraduate and graduate level as an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer and Communication Engineering at the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece from 2006 to 2010 and supervised over 10 diploma theses. She has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow at CERTH since 2006, where she is co-supervising 2 PhD's, participating in the writing of research proposals and carrying out both independent research and research within EU projects. Her current research interests include statistical image and video processing, crowd motion analysis and event detection, human activity recognition. She has authored over 46 publications in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and books, including IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis for Machine Intelligence, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, ECCV, ACCV, ICCV, ICPR, ICIP, and has participated in a number of European and National projects. She was involved in video analysis for activity recognition in the FP6 project AceMedia; event detection in IST STREP JUMAS; and fire, smoke and event detection in the EDA project MEDUSA. Currently she is working on event detection and abnormal activity detection in crowd videos for the FP7 project Dem@Care, for remote monitoring and care of people with dementia, to help them continue living independently at home.

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