[robotics-worldwide] CfP: IEEE ICRA 2009 Workshop on People Detection and Tracking

Kai Oliver Arras arras at informatik.uni-freiburg.de
Wed Dec 10 08:49:13 PST 2008



IEEE ICRA'09 Workshop on People Detection and Tracking


The full-day workshop "People Detection and Tracking" will be held  
during the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and  
Automation (ICRA) in Kobe, Japan, on May 12, 2009.


As robots enter more domains in which they interact and cooperate  
closely with humans, the capacity of machines to detect and track  
people is becoming a key technology for many areas in robotics.  
Socially interact with humans, understanding their activities,  
tracking pedestrians in public or semi-public spaces or detecting  
intruders in a surveillance scenario are examples of tasks that rely  
on the ability to robustly detect and track people.

Recent advances in estimation theory, data association, new techniques  
from machine learning as well as progress in sensor technology have  
enabled us to design people detection and tracking systems with decent  
classification rates. However, there is great demand for even more  
robust systems, especially over a wider range of conditions, and an  
increasing interest from industry for intelligent cars or surveillance  
of public areas.

This workshop brings together key researchers in the domain of people  
detection and tracking with an emphasis to unite people from the  
vision community and the community that has mostly worked with range  
finders. The goal is to provide a representative survey of the state- 
of-the-art and to transfer knowledge within and across the  
communities. We will focus primarily on theoretical aspects (see list  
of topics) but are also interested in practical questions, e.g.,  
pedestrian detection from mobile platforms or applications.

Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

   * People detection and tracking with vision, laser and/or other  
   * Tracking of groups of people and/or interacting targets
   * Probabilistic frameworks for simultaneous segmentation, detection  
and tracking
   * Learning and model-based approaches
   * Advanced estimation and data association methods
   * Advanced handling of occlusion, fragmentation, and merging
   * Multi-hypothesis model selection methods
   * Multi-sensor fusion/integration approaches
   * Distributed sensors for people detection/tracking
   * Performance metrics and evaluation of people tracking systems
   * Practical applications: human-robot interaction, activity  
understanding, intelligent cars, surveillance etc.

The workshop accomodates both, talks from invited speakers and  
contributions that went through a review process.

   * James Crowley, INRIA Grenoble, France
   * Bernt Schiele, University of Darmstadt, Germany
   * Josephine Sullivan, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
   * Luciano Spinello, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
   * Kai O. Arras, University of Freiburg, Germany (Workshop Chair)
   * Oscar Martinez Mozos, University of Zaragoza, Spain (Workshop  


   * Kai O. Arras, University of Freiburg, Germany
   * Wolfram Burgard, University of Freiburg, Germany
   * Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
   * James Crowley, INRIA Grenoble, France
   * Tsutomu Hasegawa, Kyushu University, Japan
   * Patric Jensfelt, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
   * Ryo Kurazume, Kyushu University, Japan
   * Bastian Leibe, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
   * Ales Leonardis, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
   * Oscar Martinez Mozos, University of Zaragoza, Spain
   * Bernt Schiele, University of Darmstadt, Germany
   * Roland Siegwart, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
   * Luciano Spinello, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Submissions are limited to six pages, two-column IEEE style.

Send your submissions to arras (at) informatik (dot) uni-freiburg  
(dot) de.

   * Submission deadline: February 2, 2009
   * Notification: February 15, 2009
   * Camera-ready version: March 1, 2009
   * Workshop: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The workshop proceedings will be published electronically.

There will be a special issue on people detection and tracking in the  
Springer International Journal of Social Robotics in connection with  
this workshop. We will issue an open call after the workshop,  
submissions will go through a separate peer review process.

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