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Smart Eyes: Attending and Recognizing Instances of Salient Events (SEARISE)
Start date: Mar 1, 2008, End date: Feb 28, 2011 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The SEARISE project will develop a trinocular active cognitive vision system, the Smart-Eyes, for detection, tracking and categorization of salient events and behaviours. Unlike other approaches in video surveillance, the system will have human-like capability to learn continuously from the visual input, self-adjust to ever changing visual environment, fixate salient events and follow their motion, categorize salient events dependent on the context. Inspired by the human visual system, a cyclopean camera will perform wide range monitoring of the visual field while active binocular stereo cameras will fixate and track salient objects, mimicking a focus of attention that switches between different interesting locations. The core of this artificial cognitive visual system will be a dynamic hierarchical neural architecture – a computational model of visual processing in the brain. Information processing in Smart-Eyes will be highly efficient due to a multi-scale design: Controlled by the cortically plausible neural model, the active cameras will provide a multi-scale video record of salient events. The processing will self-organize to adapt to scale variations and to assign the majority of computational resources to the informative parts of the scene. Smart-Eyes will be tested in real-life scenarios for observation of large crowded public spaces and of individual activities within restricted areas.

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