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User testing to obtain consensus for discovering the terrorist

Jul 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Articles, News

The adoption of Visual Analytics methodologies in security applications is an approach that could lead to interesting results. Usually, the data that has to be analyzed finds in a graphical representation its preferred nature, such as spatial or temporal relationships. Due to the nature of these applications, it is very important that key-details are made easy to identify. This article presents a visualization tool that graphically displays the movement of 82 employees of a department during an evacuation, of the building in which they were working, caused by an explosion of a bomb. Thirteen casual users were asked to identify potential suspects and observe what happened.

Video abstraction and anomalies detection for stationary cameras

Jun 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Articles, News

The increasing adoption of video surveillance makes it possible to watch over sensitive areas and identify people responsible for damage, theft and violence. However, when such events are not detected immediately, the subsequent video analysis can be a long and tedious task. In this article is presented a technique that allows a human investigator to focus only on those parts of a video showing the event as it unfolds, and so helping to save on the time needed to identify and understand how it happened. The presented technique creates a single interactive image of the whole video that shows everything that happened in the scene.