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VideoSense Grand Challenge 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by University of Reading   
Friday, 27 June 2014 07:55

VideoSense Grand Challenge 2014

Task Description    
Participant in this year Visual Privacy Task are invited to implement a combination of several privacy filters to protect various personal information regions in videos, by optimising the privacy filtering so as to: i) obscure such personal information effectively whilst, ii) keeping as much as possible of the ‘useful’ information that would enable a human viewer to interpret the obscured video frame.   Personal visual information is subjective human-perceived information that can expose a person’s identity to a human viewer.  This can include richly detailed image regions such as distinctive facial features or personal  jewellery as well as less rich uniform regions e.g. skin regions (that expose racial identity) or body silhouette showing a person’s gait (that generally helps to differentiate women from men and in some cases it may even enable a close friend or a spouse to identify the person).

In order to simulate context–aware privacy protection solutions, both Low or High information regions, and, unusual events e.g. fighting, stealing, and dropping a bag are annotated in the datset to be provided.   The participants are thus encouraged to exploit this information to achieve the appropriate level of privacy filtering for each person, object, and Low/High information regions  -to  optimise their privacy filtering mix according to criteria described under evaluation.

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Target Group
Those working in  image/video processing and video-analytics for privacy protection applications.   

Task Schedule
6 May: Development data release
2 June: Test data release
11 August: Run submission due
15 September: Results returned
28 September: Working notes paper deadline

Task Organisers
Atta Badii (UoR), Touradj Ebrahimi (EPFL), Christian Fedorczak (Thales Communications & Security), Pavel Korshunov (EPFL), Tomas Piatrik (QMUL), Volker Eiselein (TUB), Ahmed Al-Obaidi (UoR).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:35
2nd VideoSense Privacy-By-Design Cluster Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by University of Reading   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:33

Cyber-Physical Multimedia Analytics Systems

Brussels Novotel Grand Palace, 20th June 2014, 09.30-17.30

This 2nd clustering workshop on Privacy-by-Design of socio-ethical and privacy-preserving video-analytics offers an opportunity for exchange of insights arising from the research conducted worldwide on aspects of privacy-respecting design of ICT systems. In particular it concerns the embedding of socio-ethically reflective practice in the design of video/data-analytics systems. This is to support accountable and self-regulating technical, organisational and operational architectures for the design and deployment of video surveillance systems.

Participation in the workshop is free and shall be open to all researchers and practitioners with an active interest in the domain such as those working on projects funded under the security research programme and representatives from policing and security agencies as well as researchers with a legal, ethics and social science  perspective, and, data protection practitioners.

Contributions to the programme by way of presentations describing on-going research and/or acting as discussant on any relevant topics are welcome. The workshop is expected to feature 8 presentations each of a duration of 1-hour maximum including Q&A and discussions. Topics of interest take in all areas with a Privacy-by-Design focus, including the interplay of influences arising from the relevant legal, ethical, societal and technological systems-of-systems that have an upstream or downstream effect on the social and individual perspectives on privacy and how this is valued and can be safeguarded as well as how this could be best achieved in practice.

This should include techniques of secure networked media access, storage and transmission with privacy protection and mitigation technologies as well as perspectives on Privacy Risks Impact Assessment. This should lead to a deeper understanding of ways and means whereby privacy-respecting compliance can best be aided through a contexts-and-consequences aware approach to privacy-preserving responsibilities of the monitoring systems and their governance.

Those wishing to make a presentation should send their contribution as a position paper to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 2th June 2014, the detailed workshop presentations agenda will be confirmed by 10th June 2014. Position papers are expected to address both the methodological as well as the substantive issues within a minimum of two pages.

Session Co-Chairs: Atta Badii, Touradj Ebrahimi, Ebroul Izquierdo, Thomas Sikora, Christian Fedorczak, Ivo Keller, Diego Fernandez Vazquez

Programme Committee: Volker Eiselein, Pavel Korshunov, Leon Hempel, Jens Halterlein, Tomas Piatrik, Ahmad Al-Obaidi, Lucas Teixeira, Tobias Senst, Panagiota Antonakaki

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:03
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