Video Analytics for Security and Transportation Applications

Vassilios Morellas

 Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Minnesota , MN , USA .

 Today¡¯s security and surveillance marketplace is a competitive one with the available solutions being offered by large or small companies exhibiting no clear boundaries. Usually offered solutions are not always in line with user expectations. As a result users can not easily select among the multitude of available products. In this talk, I will share my experience gathered by working in both industry and academia. I will cover in a decreasing degree of detail a number of security functions with special characteristics in the areas of background/foreground subtraction, people hand off among cameras, shadow detection and crowd estimation.  In the end, I will present a custom designed user interface that supports intuitive information presentation of security alarms detected by a large network of cameras.


Vassilios Morellas is currently Program Director on research in the areas of security and surveillance, and distributed robotics with emphasis on security and rescue. He is also associated director of SECTTRA (SECurity in Transportation Technology Research and Applications) a joint program of Computer Science and Engineering and the Center for Transportation Studies, that coordinates research with a spectrum of large general homeland security contractors, companies with a specific market share, and start-up companies with key enabling technologies. Prior to his current appointment Dr. Morellas was a Sr. Principal Research Scientist in Honeywell Laboratories where he performed research and development on camera based surveillance and access control. He received a PhD from the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece.  


Keynote talk at the 4th IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshop on Object Tracking & Classification Beyond the Visible Spectrum (OTCBVS 2007), JUN 22, 2007, Minneapolis , USA .

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