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We present a novel latent discriminative model for human activity recognition. Unlike the approaches that require conditional independence assumptions, our model is very flexible in encoding the full connectivity among observations, latent states, and activity states. The model is able to capture richer class of contextual information in both state-state(More)
A new stream of research and development responds to changes in life expectancy across the world. It includes technologies which enhance well-being of individuals, specifically for older people. The ACCOMPANY project focuses on home companion technologies and issues surrounding technology development for assistive purposes. The project responds to some(More)
—An activity recognition system is a very important component for assistant robots, but training such a system usually requires a large and correctly labeled dataset. Most of the previous works only allow training data to have a single activity label per segment, which is overly restrictive because the labels are not always certain. It is, therefore,(More)
We describe a system that recognizes human postures with heavy self-occlusion. In particular, we address posture recognition in a robot assisted-living scenario, where the environment is equipped with a top-view camera for monitoring human activities. This setup is very useful because top-view cameras lead to accurate localization and limited(More)
We describe a novel framework that combines an overhead camera and a robot RGB-D sensor for real-time people finding. Finding people is one of the most fundamental tasks in robot home care scenarios and it consists of many components, e.g. people detection, people tracking, face recognition, robot navigation. Researchers have extensively worked on these(More)
— Automated human activity recognition is an essential task for Human Robot Interaction (HRI). A successful activity recognition system enables an assistant robot to provide precise services. In this paper, we present a two-layered approach that can recognize sub-level activities and high-level activities successively. In the first layer, the low-level(More)
Tracking individuals in surveillance video of a high-density crowd " , ABSTRACT Video cameras are widely used for monitoring public areas, such as train stations, airports and shopping centers. When crowds are dense, automatically tracking individuals becomes a challenging task. We propose a new tracker which employs a particle filter tracking framework,(More)
We present a novel hierarchical model for human activity recognition. In contrast with approaches that successively recognize actions and activities, our approach jointly models actions and activities in a unified framework, and their labels are simultaneously predicted. The model is embedded with a latent layer that is able to capture a richer class of(More)