Recognition of Activities

Ramprasad Polana and Randal C. Nelson
Department of Computer Science
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

Abstract: The recognition of repetitive movements characteristic of walking people, galloping horses, or flying birds is a routine function of the human visual system. It has been demonstrated that humans can recognize such activity solely on the basis of motion information. We demonstrate a general computational method for recognizing such movements in real image sequences using what is essentially template matching in a motion feature space coupled with a technique for detecting and normalizing periodic activities. This contrasts with earlier model-based approaches for recognizing such activities.