Going with the Flow: Pedestrian Efficiency in Crowded Scenes

  • Louis Kratz
  • Ko Nishino
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33765-9_40

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7575)
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Kratz L., Nishino K. (2012) Going with the Flow: Pedestrian Efficiency in Crowded Scenes. In: Fitzgibbon A., Lazebnik S., Perona P., Sato Y., Schmid C. (eds) Computer Vision – ECCV 2012. ECCV 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7575. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Video analysis of crowded scenes is challenging due to the complex motion of individual people in the scene. The collective motion of pedestrians form a crowd flow, but individuals often largely deviate from it as they anticipate and react to each other. Deviations from the crowd decreases the pedestrian’s efficiency: a sociological concept that measures the difference of actual motion from the intended speed and direction. In this paper, we derive a novel method for estimating pedestrian efficiency from videos. We first introduce a novel crowd motion model that encodes the temporal evolution of local motion patterns represented with directional statistics distributions. This model is then used to estimate the intended motion of pedestrians at every space-time location, which enables visual measurement of the pedestrian efficiency. We demonstrate the use of this pedestrian efficiency to detect unusual events and to track individuals in crowded scenes. Experimental results show that the use of pedestrian efficiency leads to state-of-the-art accuracy in these critical applications.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis Kratz
    • 1
  • Ko Nishino
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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