NSF-Sponsored Project (0910908)

"HCC: Large: Intelligent Tracking Systems that Reason about Group Behavior"

The objective of the proposed project is the design of Principal investigator Margrit Betke from Boston University's Department of Computer Science will lead this $2.86 million interdisciplinary project. She will work with co-principal investigators Joyce Wong (Biomedical Engineering), Stan Sclaroff (Computer Science), and Thomas Kunz (Biology). The project will support several graduate and undergraduate students as research assistants over a period of 5 years. The videos below show the results of several feasibility studies that the research team has conducted.

We developed an optimization-based, variable-speed, self-propelled particle model of collective motion, called FlockOpt, and encourage others to use our implementation

Below we provide a list of our publications that contributed to the feasibility studies for this grant. Also see the article about our project in the August 2009 News of Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences.

Tracking Bats in Flight

Bat videos on YouTube:

Emergence with 2D tracks

Counting bats during emergence

Emergence with 3D tracks: Video Caption

Analyzing Living Cells with Time-Lapse Microscopy Imaging

Our cell video on YouTube

Identifying Curling and Stretching Fingers in Videos of Human Hands

Finger video on YouTube


The following publications contributed to the feasibility studies reported in our NSF proposal:

D. House, M. L. Walker, Z. Wu, J. Y. Wong, and M. Betke. "Tracking of cell populations to understand their spatio-temporal behavior in response to physical stimuli." In MMBIA 2009: IEEE Computer Society Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Biomedical Image Analysis, Miami, FL, June 2009. 8 pp.

Z. Wu, N. I. Hristov, T. L. Hedrick, T H. Kunz, and M. Betke "Tracking a Large Number of Objects from Multiple Views." International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Kyoto Japan, 2009. 8 pp.

Robost Tracking of Human Motion

Extraction and Clustering of Motion Trajectories in Video

Our previous findings: NSF discoveries website

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