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www.elsevier.com/locate/imavis Monitoring human behavior from video taken in an of®ce environment

By Douglas Ayers and Mubarak Shah

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In this paper, we describe a system which automatically recognizes human actions from video sequences taken of a room. These actions include entering a room, using a computer terminal, opening a cabinet, picking up a phone, etc. Our system recognizes these actions by using prior knowledge about the layout of the room. In our system, action recognition is modeled by a state machine, which consists of `states ' and `transitions ' between states. The transitions from different states can be made based on a position of a person, scene change detection, or an object being tracked. In addition to generating textual description of recognized actions, the system is able to generate a set of key frames from video sequences, which is essentially content-based video compression. The system has been tested on several video sequences and has performed well. A representative set of results is presented in this paper. The ideas presented in this system are applicable to automate

Year: 1999
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