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Bridging the semantic gap in sports
Author(s): Baoxin Li; James Errico; Hao Pan; M. Ibrahim Sezan
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Paper Abstract

One of the major challenges facing current media management systems and the related applications is the so-called “semantic gap” between the rich meaning that a user desires and the shallowness of the content descriptions that are automatically extracted from the media. In this paper, we address the problem of bridging this gap in the sports domain. We propose a general framework for indexing and summarizing sports broadcast programs. The framework is based on a high-level model of sports broadcast video using the concept of an event, defined according to domain-specific knowledge for different types of sports. Within this general framework, we develop automatic event detection algorithms that are based on automatic analysis of the visual and aural signals in the media. We have successfully applied the event detection algorithms to different types of sports including American football, baseball, Japanese sumo wrestling, and soccer. Event modeling and detection contribute to the reduction of the semantic gap by providing rudimentary semantic information obtained through media analysis. We further propose a novel approach, which makes use of independently generated rich textual metadata, to fill the gap completely through synchronization of the information-laden textual data with the basic event segments. An MPEG-7 compliant prototype browsing system has been implemented to demonstrate semantic retrieval and summarization of sports video.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 January 2003
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5021, Storage and Retrieval for Media Databases 2003, (10 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.476261
Show Author Affiliations
Baoxin Li, Sharp Labs. of America (United States)
James Errico, Sharp Labs. of America (United States)
Hao Pan, Sharp Labs. of America (United States)
M. Ibrahim Sezan, Sharp Labs. of America (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5021:
Storage and Retrieval for Media Databases 2003
Minerva M. Yeung; Rainer W. Lienhart; Chung-Sheng Li, Editor(s)

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