Video Surveillance
and Monitoring


Date: November 12-13, 1997
Place: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA



The Video Surveillance and Monitoring (VSAM) project is developing automated video understanding technology for use in future urban and battlefield surveillance applications, where human visual monitoring is too costly, too dangerous, or otherwise impractical. Novel image understanding technologies developed under the VSAM project will enable a single human operator to monitor activities over a large, complex area using a distributed network of video sensors. Sample applications include building and parking lot security, monitoring restricted access areas in warehouses and airports, scanning urban battlezones for sniper activity, and performing reconnaissance on the battlefield. The VSAM project is being sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Information Systems Office (DARPA ISO), as part of the Image Understanding for Battlefield Awareness effort.

This two-day workshop will highlight new developments in VSAM through technical presentations and live demonstrations. The workshop will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home to the Robotics Institute, one of the leaders in vision systems research. We welcome you to join us as we push the frontiers of this technology.


Click here for a
registration form that can be printed out and mailed in.


Pittsburgh International Airport is located approximately 35 miles away, and is accessible by taxi cab (approx. $35 one way), rental car (services located at the airport terminal) or bus (PATransit 28X Airport Flyer, $1.95 to Carnegie Mellon - drivers do not carry cash so be prepared with exact change).

Click here for CMU area
maps and driving directions. CMU also maintains a direction information line at 1-412-268-8343.

Campus parking is limited. To secure a parking space, please make arrangements in advance by contacting the workshop secretariat, Carolyn Ludwig.


Participants at the VSAM workshop may stay at the Holiday Inn at the University Center, located within walking distance to the Carnegie Mellon University campus.

A special single-room rate of $100/per night plus tax has been arranged. Please request this special "CMU VSAM Workshop" rate when booking your room. This rate applies only to reservations made before October 12, 1997. To make reservations or further inquire about this rate, please contact:
      The Holiday Inn at University Center
      100 Lytton Avenue
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213
      Phone: 1-412-682-6200
      Fax: 1-412-682-5745


(subject to minor changes)

Tuesday, November 11

5:00pm - 7:00pm Registration
Smith Hall, Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, November 12

IFD Presentations on VSAM, McConomy Auditorium, University Center

7:30am Registration
McConomy Auditorium
8:30am Welcome
Takeo Kanade
Introduction to VSAM Program
George Lukes
9:00am IFD Presentations on VSAM
Takeo Kanade, Peter Burt
Technologies, Demo Descriptions, Video Presentations
12:00pm Depart Carnegie Mellon for Demo at Bushy Run
Boxed lunches will be served on the bus while in transit
1:00pm Start IFD Demos
3:00pm Depart Bushy Run for Smith Hall, Carnegie Mellon
4:15pm Technical FRE Lab Demos begin (~10 demo booths; some will use outside cameras)
5:00pm Continuation of Demos and Reception begins (in the demo area)
7:00pm End of Demos and Reception (Shuttle departs from Smith Hall for Holiday Inn)

Thursday, November 13

FRE Presentations on VSAM at McConomy Auditorium, University Center

8:30am "Omnidirectional Surveillance"
Terry Boult, Lehigh University
9:00am "Forest of Sensors"
Eric Grimson, MIT AI Lab
9:30am "Extra Sets of Eyes"
Bob Bolles, SRI International
10:00am "Robust, On-line Event Detection and Classification for Video Monitoring"
Daniel Huttenlocher, Cornell University
10:30am Mid-Morning Break
10:45am "Understanding the Action of People in Video Imagery"
Aaron Bobick, MIT Media Laboratory
11:15am "Surveillance of Human Activity"
Larry Davis, University of Maryland
11:45am "Representation of Extended Scenes using Multi-View Geometry"
Shmuel Peleg, The Hebrew University
12:15pm "Uncalibrated View Augmentation"
Chris Brown, University of Rochester
12:45pm Break for Lunch at the University Center, Carnegie Mellon
1:30pm "Progress on View Synthesis for Surveillance and Monitoring"
Charles Dyer, University of Wisconsin - Madison
2:00pm "Reliable Event Recognition for Video Monitoring"
Tom Olson, Texas Instruments
2:30pm "Image Mosaicing and Moving Object Tracking from UAV Data"
Gerard Medioni, University of Southern California
3:00pm "Information Assimilation in MPI VSAM"
Jeff Boyd, University of California at San Diego
3:30pm Meeting Adjourned


For further information, contact the workshop secretariat, Carolyn Ludwig, at:
      Carolyn Ludwig
      VSAM Workshop
      The Robotics Institute
      Carnegie Mellon University
      5000 Forbes Avenue
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213   USA

      Phone: 1-412-268-7967
      Fax: 1-412-268-5570


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