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VideoSense Grand Challenge 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by University of Reading   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 08:44

VideoSense Grand Challenge 2015

Task Description   
Recent popularity of mini-drones and their rapidly increasing adoption in various areas, including photography, news reporting, cinema, mail delivery, cartography, agriculture, and military, raises concerns for privacy protection and personal safety. Input to the task is drone video, and output is version of the video which protects privacy while retaining key information about the event or situation recorded.

Task description:
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Target Group
Those working in image/video processing and video-analytics for privacy protection applications.

Task schedule
15 May: Development data release
15 June: Test data release
20 July: Run submission
28 August: Working notes paper deadline
14-15 September MediaEval 2015 Workshop

Task Organisers
Atta Badii (UoR), Touradj Ebrahimi (EPFL), Christian Fedorczak (Thales Communications & Security), Pavel Korshunov (EPFL), Tomas Piatrik (QMUL), Volker Eiselein (TUB), Ahmed Al-Obaidi (UoR).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:09
VideoSense 2014 Winter School on Multimodal and Privacy-Respecting Video Analytics PDF Print E-mail
Written by University of Reading   
Monday, 27 October 2014 15:00

VideoSense 2014 Winter School
on Multimodal and Privacy-Respecting Video Analytics

25-26 November 2014
Pont-Saint-Martin, Valle d’Aosta, Italy (

The increasing need for both automated and privacy-respecting CCTV systems adds many challenges to the tasks of video analytics.  The VideoSense Winter School 2014 aims to bring together young researchers working in the field of multimodal and privacy-respecting video analytics, offering:

- lectures delivered by experts from academy and industry providing a clear and in-depth summary of state-of-the-art research in the field,

- enjoyable and stimulating environment in which participants will benefit not only from the formal and practical sessions but also from informal and social interactions with established researchers and the other participants to the Winter School.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

13:30 – 14:15   VideoSense Winter School poster session

14:15 – 14:30  Opening address

-Dr. Tomas Piatrik, Queen Mary University of London (UK)

14:30 – 15:15   Smart grids, smart borders and other tales from the surveillance woods

-Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)

15:15 – 16:00   The impact of new imaging modalities on video surveillance and invasion of privacy

-Dr. Pavel Korshunov, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (CH)

16:00 – 16:15   Cofee Break

16:15 – 17:00   The value of privacy in security research form the industry perspective

-Carmela Occhipinti, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
-Joana Critina Cotoi, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)   

17:00 – 18:00   Tour of the Engineering Data Centre

Carmela Occhipinti, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)

20:00 – 22:00   Dinner


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

09:00  09:45   Protests, surveillance and the right to the city

-Dr. Lucas Melgaço, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)

09:45  10:30  Face recognition: from forensics and biometrics to social semantics

-Prof. Dr. Ebroul Izquierdo, Queen Mary University of London (UK)

10:30  10:45   Coffee break

10:45  11:45   Ethical training for video analytics in security – Pt 1 (interactive workshop)

-Dr. Jens Hälterlein, Technische Universität Berlin (DE)

11:45  12:45   Ethical training for video analytics in security – Pt 2

-Dr. Jens Hälterlein, Technische Universität Berlin (DE)

13:00  14:00 Light sandwich lunch




Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 15:07
2nd VideoSense Privacy-By-Design Cluster Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by University of Reading   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:33

Cyber-Physical Multimedia Analytics Systems

Brussels Novotel Grand Palace, 20th June 2014, 09.30-17.30

This 2nd clustering workshop on Privacy-by-Design of socio-ethical and privacy-preserving video-analytics offers an opportunity for exchange of insights arising from the research conducted worldwide on aspects of privacy-respecting design of ICT systems. In particular it concerns the embedding of socio-ethically reflective practice in the design of video/data-analytics systems. This is to support accountable and self-regulating technical, organisational and operational architectures for the design and deployment of video surveillance systems.

Participation in the workshop is free and shall be open to all researchers and practitioners with an active interest in the domain such as those working on projects funded under the security research programme and representatives from policing and security agencies as well as researchers with a legal, ethics and social science  perspective, and, data protection practitioners.

Contributions to the programme by way of presentations describing on-going research and/or acting as discussant on any relevant topics are welcome. The workshop is expected to feature 8 presentations each of a duration of 1-hour maximum including Q&A and discussions. Topics of interest take in all areas with a Privacy-by-Design focus, including the interplay of influences arising from the relevant legal, ethical, societal and technological systems-of-systems that have an upstream or downstream effect on the social and individual perspectives on privacy and how this is valued and can be safeguarded as well as how this could be best achieved in practice.

This should include techniques of secure networked media access, storage and transmission with privacy protection and mitigation technologies as well as perspectives on Privacy Risks Impact Assessment. This should lead to a deeper understanding of ways and means whereby privacy-respecting compliance can best be aided through a contexts-and-consequences aware approach to privacy-preserving responsibilities of the monitoring systems and their governance.

Those wishing to make a presentation should send their contribution as a position paper to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 2th June 2014, the detailed workshop presentations agenda will be confirmed by 10th June 2014. Position papers are expected to address both the methodological as well as the substantive issues within a minimum of two pages.

Session Co-Chairs: Atta Badii, Touradj Ebrahimi, Ebroul Izquierdo, Thomas Sikora, Christian Fedorczak, Ivo Keller, Diego Fernandez Vazquez

Programme Committee: Volker Eiselein, Pavel Korshunov, Leon Hempel, Jens Halterlein, Tomas Piatrik, Ahmad Al-Obaidi, Lucas Teixeira, Tobias Senst, Panagiota Antonakaki

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:03
Mini Projects Progress PDF Print E-mail
Written by University of Reading   
Friday, 04 April 2014 17:00

Camera Calibration


In the latest development, new features were introduced to improve the robustness of the camera self-calibration algorithm. In order to improve the calibration accuracy, the user had to provide vertical lines from structure and identify any areas which have occlusions.

In addition, three algorithms were introduced to minimise the influence of noise on the calibration. The first one was a shape analysis over the detected blob. Such analysis excluded the blobs that do not represent a person with both legs visible together.

The second algorithm is implemented to eliminate the image local noise. The last method replaced the Least Squares Fitting algorithm with the RANSAC fitting algorithm for better performance. All these modifications improved on the previous results significantly as shown in the Figure.

Progress Meeting at THALES PDF Print E-mail
Written by University of Reading   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:30

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A progress review meeting for VideoSense partners was held at the THALES premises, Vélizy Cedex, France on 12th February 2014.  The meeting agenda included the responses to the project Ethical Review followed by an immediate action plan.  The upcoming project deliverables were also discussed in order to tackle any possible problems.  Other general issues that have been tackled included Ethical trainings, Stakeholder meetings, Ethics board meetings, Mini projects progress, and finally the organisation of a Privacy Task at MediaEval 2014.  The meeting was successfully concluded by the end of the day.

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