Event Discovery in Multimedia Reconnaissance Data Using Spatio-Temporal Clustering

Bo Gong, Utz Westermann, Srikanth Agaram, Ramesh Jain

In reconnaissance application scenarios, support for the analysis of important events that happened during a mission is highly desirable. This demands techniques to discover those events from media and sensor data that have been captured during missions. Because reconnaissance missions constitute uncontrolled environments, high-level event detection based purely on media and sensor data analysis methods is difficult. In this paper, we propose the use of spatio-temporal clustering for the discovery of important mission events. We cluster basic events that occurred during a mission — such as the creation of content or basic events detected via media or sensor data analysis — according to time and location of their occurrence. Experiments performed on real-world patrol data show the efficacy of our approach. They indicate the general usefulness of spatio-temporal clustering for event detection in scenarios where media and sensor data analysis methods are not reliable, or practically absent.

Subjects: 12. Machine Learning and Discovery

Submitted: May 17, 2006

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