Document Type


Date of Degree

Fall 2011

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Computer Science

First Advisor

Eichmann, David

First Committee Member

Kearney, Joseph

Second Committee Member

Street, William

Third Committee Member

Hourcade, Juan Pablo

Fourth Committee Member

Mackey, Michael


Detection of events and actions in video entails substantial processing of very large, even open-ended, video streams. Video data presents a unique challenge for the information retrieval community because properly representing video events is challenging. We propose a novel approach to analyze temporal aspects of video data. We consider video data as a sequence of images that form a 3-dimensional spatiotemporal structure, and perform multiview orthographic projection to transform the video data into 2-dimensional representations. The projected views allow a unique way to rep- resent video events and capture the temporal aspect of video data. We extract local salient points from 2D projection views and perform detection-via-similarity approach on a wide range of events against real-world surveillance data. We demonstrate our example-based detection framework is competitive and robust. We also investigate the synthetic example driven retrieval as a basis for query-by-example.


Motion analysis, Video event detection, Video retrieval


ix, 115 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-115).


Copyright 2011 Dong-Jun Park