The Robotics Institute

RI | Seminar | March 26

Robotics Institute Seminar, March 26
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Representing and Recognizing Human Actions

James W. Davis

Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering,

Center for Cognitive Science

Ohio State University





Time and Place

Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm



The ability of computers to detect people and reliably recognize their activities (and ultimately their intent) is of significant importance to automatic, intelligent video analysis and surveillance. In this talk, I will describe some of our current research efforts toward several challenging problems in human action recognition. First I will briefly overview our past work on the compact Motion History Image representation. Then I will present a probabilistic reliable-inference framework for minimal-latency classification of actions. Next, I will present a new adaptive principal components model for representing action "styles" and demonstrate the approach for gender recognition. I will also briefly describe our ongoing efforts toward integrating the research into an automatic video surveillance system currently being developed at OSU. Support for this research is provided by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Night Vision Laboratory, U.S. Air Force, Intel, and Ohio Board of Regents.



Speaker Biography

James W. Davis earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2000, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State University. He is also affiliated with the Center for Cognitive Science at OSU. His main research interests are in computer vision, visual perception, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. Specifically, he is interested in designing intelligent computer vision methods to reliably detect and recognize human activities. His research was recently recognized by the National Science Foundation with the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award.




Speaker Appointments

For appointments, please contact Bob Collins.


The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.