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A content-based retrieval system for UAV-like video and associated metadata
Author(s): N. E. O'Connor; T. Duffy; P. Ferguson; C. Gurrin; H. Lee; D. A. Sadlier; A. F. Smeaton; K. Zhang
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we provide an overview of a content-based retrieval (CBR) system that has been specifically designed for handling UAV video and associated meta-data. Our emphasis in designing this system is on managing large quantities of such information and providing intuitive and efficient access mechanisms to this content, rather than on analysis of the video content. The retrieval unit in our system is termed a "trip". At capture time, each trip consists of an MPEG-1 video stream and a set of time stamped GPS locations. An analysis process automatically selects and associates GPS locations with the video timeline. The indexed trip is then stored in a shared trip repository. The repository forms the backend of a MPEG-211 compliant Web 2.0 application for subsequent querying, browsing, annotation and video playback. The system interface allows users to search/browse across the entire archive of trips and, depending on their access rights, to annotate other users' trips with additional information. Interaction with the CBR system is via a novel interactive map-based interface. This interface supports content access by time, date, region of interest on the map, previously annotated specific locations of interest and combinations of these. To develop such a system and investigate its practical usefulness in real world scenarios, clearly a significant amount of appropriate data is required. In the absence of a large volume of UAV data with which to work, we have simulated UAV-like data using GPS tagged video content captured from moving vehicles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6946, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications V, 69460I (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777527
Show Author Affiliations
N. E. O'Connor, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
T. Duffy, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
P. Ferguson, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
C. Gurrin, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
H. Lee, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
D. A. Sadlier, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
A. F. Smeaton, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
K. Zhang, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6946:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications V
Daniel J. Henry, Editor(s)

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