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Crowd analysis is becoming a common framework for many multi-disciplinary studies ranging from surveillance, urban environmental monitoring, structure and building simulation and architectural design, sociology and people behavioral analysis.
The video analysis of people in crowd is of straightforward importance, to understand single and social behaviors, to detect anomalies and suspicious events or objects in crowds scenes, to define first-aid and crisis support in areas where big events (stadium, sport exhibitions, concerts, large shows, political demonstrations..) are organized.
Actually,until some years ago, experimental data were collected by human observations and manual data collection only, to support modeling and simulation of large crowds; these simulation are fundamental both for engineering and architectural studies of new urban environments, for crisis-management avoiding panic and dangerous situation, but also for handling design-for comfort of people leaving and walking in large populated areas.
Therefore Crowd analysis is becoming an emerging, exciting and very multidisciplinary meeting point of different research fields; in pattern recognition, after the stable results of the last years in single or group of people detection, tracking and recognition, crowd analysis is still a frontier and reliable and satisfying solutions beyond the state–of-the-art- still miss.
The PRCA workshop focuses on Pattern Recognition and analysis of Crowded scenes: crowd detection, recognition, quantification, environment analysis, large crowds analysis for people behavior understanding, crowd simulation and modeling are becoming popular topics in multidisciplinary research starting from Pattern Recognition and enlarging to computer vision, computer graphics, cellular automata simulation, artificial intelligence inference embracing other disciplines that include psychological and sociological theories of people collective behavior and people-to-people/people-to-environment patterns of interaction.
The workshop will be held in conjunction with the ICPR 2012 conference in Tsukuba, Japan on November 11th 2012.