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We present a new descriptor for activity recognition from videos acquired by a depth sensor. Previous descriptors mostly compute shape and motion features independently; thus, they often fail to capture the complex joint shape-motion cues at pixel-level. In contrast, we describe the depth sequence using a histogram capturing the distribution of the surface(More)
Recognition of human actions in a video acquired by a moving camera typically requires standard preprocessing steps such as motion compensation, moving object detection and object tracking. The errors from the motion compensation step propagate to the object detection stage, resulting in miss-detections, which further complicates the tracking stage,(More)
Single camera-based multiple-person tracking is often hindered by difficulties such as occlusion and changes in appearance. In this paper, we address such problems by proposing a robust part-based tracking-by-detection framework. Human detection using part models has become quite popular, yet its extension in tracking has not been fully explored. Our(More)
Turbulence mitigation refers to the stabilization of videos with nonuniform deformations due to the influence of optical turbulence. Typical approaches for turbulence mitigation follow averaging or dewarping techniques. Although these methods can reduce the turbulence, they distort the independently moving objects, which can often be of great interest. In(More)
— When the UAV goes to high altitudes such that the observed surface of the earth becomes planar, the structure and motion recovery of the earth's moving plane becomes ambiguous. This planar degeneracy has been pointed out very often in the literature; therefore, current navigation methods either completely fail or give many confusing solutions in such(More)
Several attempts have been lately proposed to tackle the problem of recovering the original image of an underwater scene using a sequence distorted by water waves. The main drawback of the state of the art [18] is that it heavily depends on modelling the waves, which in fact is ill-posed since the actual behavior of the waves along with the imaging process(More)
Most existing approaches to characterizing thermal properties of buildings and heat emissions from their elements rely on manual inspection and as such are slow, and labor intensive. This is often a daunting task, which requires several days of on-site inspection. In this paper, we propose a fully automatic approach to construct a 3D thermal point cloud of(More)
a r t i c l e i n f o Complex event recognition is the problem of recognizing events in long and unconstrained videos. In this extremely challenging task, concepts have recently shown a promising direction where core low-level events (referred to as concepts) are annotated and modeled using a portion of the training data, then each complex event is(More)
– In this paper, we describe an automated technique for estimating power consumption by computers in buildings by processing visual imagery collected during a walkthrough of the building. This is an important problem since desktop and laptops are the largest contributors to electricity consumption in most large commercial buildings. The images used for(More)