1st ACM International Workshop on
Vision Networks for Behaviour Analysis

October 31, 2008, Vancouver, Canada
in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2008

Call for Papers



Invited Talk announced Workshop program available

This workshop marks a new era of the successful series of the Video Surveillance and Sensor Networks (VSSN) workshops, held until 2006 in conjunction with ACM Multimedia conference (Berkeley 2003, New York 2004, Singapore 2005, and Santa Barbara, 2006). This new version of the workshop inherits from VSSN the experienced Technical Program Committee as well as the interests of its community, but shifts the focus to cover higher level topics and applications under the common framework of “behaviour analysis”, hence aiming to adapt to the evolved directions of interest in the field, and reaching out to other research communities with overlapping interests.

Behaviour analysis owes its recent success to more effective and robust techniques for object/people detection and tracking that permit the shifting of the interest towards higher levels of scene understanding. Moreover, thanks to the proliferation of inexpensive vision sensors, embedded processors, and efficient wired/wireless networks, a large amount of research has focused on exploiting multiple sources of information for behaviour analysis. This has also ushered in potentials for novel applications such as immersive human-computer interfaces for virtual reality, gaming and gesture-based control, occupancy sensing and event detection for smart environment applications, and human-centric applications such as fall detection in elderly care. Besides the evident advantages, realization of networks of vision sensors embodies several challenges in data management and fusion, operation of distributed sensing and processing units, and algorithmic techniques for effective extraction of interesting behaviours with efficient handling of redundant data.

With these premises, the workshop on VNBA will bring together researchers, developers and practitioners from academia and industry to discuss various issues involved in developing vision networks for behaviour analysis. The one-day workshop will be organized in oral and poster/demo presentations. The oral session will include papers presenting critical advances on both theoretical aspects and practical implementations of new generations of vision networks for behaviour analysis, whereas the poster/demo session will place special emphasis on recent innovative and brave projects. Selection of papers for the different sessions will be based on the content and suitability of the format that allows better knowledge transfer to the audience. To cover the different applicatioun domains for behaviour analysis, the workshop will be organized in two tracks. The morning lecture track will focus on surveillance and the afternoon lecture track will include presentations on smart environment applications.


The workshop topics will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Surveillance Track:
    • People tracking in extreme conditions
    • Multi-person gesture, behaviour, and interaction analysis
    • Multi-camera coordination for behaviour analysis
    • Event recognition for security applications (abandoned luggage, restricted area violation, …)
    • Crowd analysis for behaviour monitoring and alerting
    • Aggressive behaviour detection
  • Smart Environments Track:
    • People-to-people interactions in smart environments
    • Object and environment discovery via user interactions
    • Abnormal behaviour / accident detection for patient/elderly monitoring
    • Occupancy sensing for automation and control
    • Gesture analysis for HCI
    • Applications in virtual reality, multimedia, gaming

Accepted papers for oral and poster presentations at the workshop will be included in the workshop’s proceedings, which will be published together with the proceedings of the ACM Multimedia Conference 2008. In addition, a special issue or an edited volume will be organized after the workshop by recommending to the authors of a selection of the best presented papers to submit a substantially extended version of their workshop papers.

Important dates

Full Paper Submission (EXTENDED): July 7, 2008    June 28, 2008
Decision (EXTENDED): July 28, 2008    July 15, 2008
Camera ready: August 1, 2008
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