Extracting descriptive motion information from crowd scenes

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Conference Proceeding
International Conference Image and Vision Computing New Zealand, 2018, 2017-December pp. 1 - 6
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© 2017 IEEE. An important contribution that automated analysis tools can generate for management of pedestrians and crowd safety is the detection of conflicting large pedestrian flows: this kind of movement pattern, in fact, may lead to dangerous situations and potential threats to pedestrian's safety. For this reason, detecting dominant motion patterns and summarizing motion information from the scene are inevitable for crowd management. In this paper, we develop a framework that extracts motion information from the scene by generating point trajectories using particle advection approach. The trajectories obtained are then clustered by using unsupervised hierarchical clustering algorithm, where the similarity is measured by the Longest Common Sub-sequence (LCS) metric. The achieved motions patterns in the scene are summarized and represented by using color-coded arrows, where speeds of the different flows are encoded with colors, the width of an arrow represents the density (number of people belonging to a particular motion pattern) while the arrowhead represents the direction. This novel representation of crowded scene provides a clutter free visualization which helps the crowd managers in understanding the scene. Experimental results show that our method outperforms state-of-the-art methods.
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