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Automated Crowd Modeling / Monitoring System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-07-P-0018
Agency Tracking Number: S062-014-0076
Amount: $98,956.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM06-014
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-01-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-07-22
Small Business Information
640 West California Avenue, Sutie 220
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
United States
DUNS: 156110970
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jon Cook
 VP Engineering
 (408) 746-9301
 JonCook@vidient.com
Business Contact
 Brooks McChesney
Title: CEO
Phone: (408) 746-9301
Email: Brooks@vidient.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Vidient proposes a computer-aided video/audio surveillance system to detect, monitor, understand and anticipate crowd behavior. Audio and video sensors were selected because they are low cost, portable, passive, and if mounted properly, are difficult to detect visually. A robust crowd detection and interpretation method using a Bayesian fusion framework to integrate multiple video/audio processing modules is proposed. The detection modules can adapt automatically to a diversity of environments, and to time-varying changes such as daylight and weather conditions. Crowd behavior interpretation and prediction will be achieved by automating crowd models that are well understood in the field of psychology. Sensor inputs will be interpreted within the traditional framework of cognitive and physical realms. Psychological models that describe crowd behavior will be reconstituted and transformed to the automated video and audio surveillance domain. Crowd parameters, including crowd size, density, shape, location, mood, gender ratio, organization and segmentation will be extracted from video and audio signals. For example, a histogram of clothing types could be used to calculate the ratio of females to males, or movement speed and direction of a crowd or its components may reveal insights on the crowd’s mood – panic might trigger sudden crowd movements.

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