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Title: An investigation into the generation, encoding and retrieval of CCTV-derived knowledge
Author: Annesley, James Alexander Grove
ISNI:       0000 0004 2692 8763
Awarding Body: Kingston University
Current Institution: Kingston University
Date of Award: 2008
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Modern video surveillance systems generate diverse forms of data and to facilitate the effective exchange of these data a methodical approach is required. This thesis proposes the Video Surveillance Content Description Interface (VSCDI), a component of ISO/IEC 23000-10 - Information technology - Multimedia application format (MPEG-A) - Part 10: Video surveillance application format. The interface is designed to describe content associated with and generated by a surveillance system. In particular, a set of descriptors are included for: content-based image retrieval; user-defined Classification Schemes to impose any required description ontology; and to provide consistent descriptions across multiple sources. The VSCDI is evaluated using comparisons with other meta-data frameworks and in terms of the performance of its colour descriptor components. Two new data sets are created of pedestrians in indoor environments with multiple camera views for re-identification experiments. The experiments use a novel application of colour constancy for cross-camera comparisons. Two evaluation measures are used: the Average Normalised Mean Retrieval Rate (ANMRR) for ranked estimates; and the Information Gain metric for probabilistic estimates. Techniques are investigated for using more than one descriptor both to provide the estimate and to represent a person whose image is split into Top and Bottom clothing components. The re-identification of pedestrians is discussed in the context of providing both a coherent description of the overall scene activity and within an embedded system.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Faraday Imaging Partnership ; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ; Overview Ltd
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Computer science and informatics