Who's Watching You?

Monday 17 January 2011


Staffordshire University, Beaconside, Stafford

Mohammed Sedky


To start the New Year, we have arranged to hold a joint meeting with the IMechE.

Video analytics is one of those interesting technologies that easily impress people. The use of computer vision-based technology to watch video, extract important information and generate responses opens new horizons for security, safety, efficiency improvement and entertainment applications.

In fact, the video analytic technologies often sounds more like science fiction than reality. And, unfortunately, the excitement around the technology has led to a marketplace where the line between fiction and reality has blurred. For instance, one common myth about video analytics is that it can spot a terrorist in a stadium full of people - something even the human eye can't detect. Or it can automatically see a person cheating at a black jack table, while highly trained surveillance personnel cannot.

This lecture covers the myths of video analytics technology and practice, and examines the true state-of-the-art.