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VANAHEIM

Project reference: 248907
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Video/Audio Networked surveillance system enhAncement through Human-cEntered adaptIve Monitoring [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2010-02-01 to 2013-09-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 411 851

EU contribution:

EUR 3 717 998

Coordinated in:

Belgium

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-4

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Developing innovative surveillance system able to autonomously identify relevant events, and to continuously analyse information

The aim of VANAHEIM is to study innovative surveillance components for autonomous monitoring of complex audio/video surveillance infrastructure, such as the ones prevalent in shopping malls or underground stations. To do so, VANAHEIM addresses three main application-driven research questions: scene activity modelling algorithms for automatic sensor selection for operators in control room; investigation of behavioural cues for human-centred monitoring and reporting; collective behaviour building and online learning from long-term analysis of passenger activities. The evaluation of the sub-systems developed within the project is covered thanks to the participation of Turin and Paris transport operators. The deployment of the VANAHEIM system in both sites will demonstrate the scalability and the performance of the system.

Objective

The aim of VANAHEIM is to study innovative surveillance components for autonomous monitoring of complex audio/video surveillance infrastructure, such as the ones prevalent in shopping malls or underground stations. To do so, VANAHEIM addresses three main application-driven research questions: 1.Scene activity modelling algorithms for automatic sensor selection in control room. In everyday practice , surveillance video wall monitors frequently show empty scenes, while there are obviously many cameras looking at scenes in which something (even normal) is happening. Performing a sensor selection at the control room level to autonomously select the streams to display therefore seems required. While this scenario is trivial when dealing with empty vs occupied scenes, building models to characterise the streams content, in terms of usual and unusual activities, turns out to be necessary when dealing with almost all occupied scenes. Furthermore, the need for such selection is even more explicit when dealing with audio streams, for which mosaicing of data is not possible due to the transparent nature of sound. VANAHEIM thus targets the development of such automatic audio/video components allowing to select the audio/video streams to present to operators in control room.2.Investigation of behavioural cues for human-centred monitoring and reporting. VANAHEIM investigates the use of subtle human behavioural cues (head pose, body shape) and social models (e.g. about space occupancy) to perform the live detection of well-defined scenarios of interest. In addition, the project also targets three specific levels of monitoring: 1. individuals, 2. groups of people and 3. crowd/people flow. Last, VANAHEIM targets the development of a situational awareness reporting, which aims at translating the ongoing activities of people into meaningful user-oriented figures, through for example a map-based overlay of the approximate location/number/behaviour of people in the infrastructure.3.Collective behaviour building and online learning from long-term analysis of passenger activities. By combining cognitive science and ethological analysis, VANAHEIM aims at designing models for the identification and characterization of the structures inherent in collective human behaviour. In other words, by continuously analyzing, learning and clustering information about users' locations, routes, activities, interactions with others passengers and/or equipments, and contextual data (time of day, density of people...), VANAHEIM targets a subsystem able to estimate of the long-term trends of large-scale human behaviour, thus allowing the discovery of collective comprehensive daily routines.The evaluation/assessment of the sub-systems developed within the project is covered thanks to the participation of Turin and Paris transport operators; VANAHEIM deployment in both sites will allow to demonstrate the scalability, as well as the performance of the developed system.

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Documents and Publications

Open Access

Coordinator contact

Cyril CARNICOTTE, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +32 65 34 28 01
Fax: +32 65 34 27 29
E-mail

Coordinator

MULTITEL ASBL
Belgium
RUE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE 2
MONS, Belgium
Administrative contact: Julie LARDOT
Tel.: +3265342779
Fax: +3265342799
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
UNIVERSITAETSRING
WIEN, Austria
Administrative contact: Lucas ZINNER
Tel.: +431427718224
Fax: +43142779182
E-mail
FONDATION DE L'INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE IDIAP
Switzerland
RUE MARCONI
MARTIGNY, Switzerland
Administrative contact: François Foglia
Tel.: +41 21 721 77 50
Fax: +41 21 721 77 12
E-mail
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Domaine de Voluceau, Rocquencourt
LE CHESNAY Cedex, France
Administrative contact: Martine BOISSONNAT
Tel.: +33 4 92 38 77 11
Fax: +33 4 92 38 79 55
E-mail
REGIE AUTONOME DES TRANSPORTS PARISIENS
France
QUAI DE LA RAPEE 54 LAC B71
PARIS, France
Administrative contact: Viet TRAN
Tel.: +33612925698
E-mail
THALES COMMUNICATIONS & SECURITY SAS
France
AVENUE DES LOUVRESSES
GENNEVILLIERS, France
Administrative contact: Sylvie RAYNAUD
Tel.: +33146132642
Fax: +33146133280
E-mail
Gruppo Torinese Trasporti S.P.A.
Italy
Corso Turati
Torino, Italy
Administrative contact: Alberto Forchino
Tel.: +393491087775
Fax: +390115764330
E-mail
Thales Italia spa
Italy
VIA PROVINCIALE LUCCHESE
SESTO FIORENTINO, Italy
Administrative contact: Rosalba Tassone
Tel.: +39 0553063373
Fax: +39 055 3063228
E-mail
Record Number: 93717 / Last updated on: 2014-10-07