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Spring 2011 GRASP Seminar – Zhengyou Zhang, Microsoft Research, “Human Activity Understanding with Depth Sensors”

February 11, 2011 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: With
the launch of Microsoft Kinect sensors for Xbox 360, depth cameras are becoming
affordable for the vision and robotics communities because the mass game market
drives the cost down. This could present a revolution in our research. Previously
very difficult vision tasks with video cameras become easier, such as
foreground-background separation. However, there still exist many challenges.
In this talk, I will present some research projects conducted at Microsoft
Research, related to human activity understanding with
depth sensors. In particular, I will describe a person tracking algorithm based
on decision forests and a human action recognition algorithm based on action graph.


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Zhengyou Zhang is a Principal Researcher with Microsoft
Research, Redmond, WA, USA, and manages the multimodal collaboration research
team. Before joining Microsoft Research in March 1998, he was with INRIA
(French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control),
France, for 11 years and was a Senior Research Scientist from 1991. In
1996-1997, he spent a one-year sabbatical as an Invited Researcher with the
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Kyoto,
Japan. He has published over 200 papers in refereed international journals and
conferences, and has coauthored the following books: 3-D Dynamic Scene Analysis: A Stereo Based Approach
(Springer-Verlag, 1992); Epipolar
Geometry in Stereo, Motion and Object Recognition
(Kluwer, 1996); Computer Vision (Chinese Academy of
Sciences, 1998, 2003, in Chinese); Face
Detection and Adaptation
(Morgan and Claypool, 2010), and Face Geometry and Appearance Modeling
(Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has given a number of keynotes in
international conferences.

Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental
, an Associate Editor of the International
Journal of Computer Vision
, and an Associate Editor of Machine Vision and Applications. He served as Associate Editor of
the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis
and Machine Intelligence
from 2000 to 2004, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia from
2004 to 2009, among others. He has been chairs or members of the program
committees for numerous international conferences in the areas of autonomous
mental development, computer vision, signal processing, multimedia, and
human-computer interaction. More information is available at http://research.microsoft.com/~zhang/


February 11, 2011
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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