Motivation and content

The Human Activity and Vision Summer School will address the broad domains of human activity modeling and human behavior recognition, with an emphasis on vision sensors as capturing modality. Courses will comprise both tutorials and presentations of state-of-the-art methods by active researchers in the field.

The goal of the courses will be to cover most of the whole human activity analysis chain, starting from the low level processing of videos and audio for detection and feature extraction, to medium level (tracking and behavior cue extraction) and higher level modeling and recognition using both supervised and unsupervised techniques. Applications of the different methods to action and activity recognition in different domains ranging from Activities of Daily Living to surveillance (individual behavior recognition, crowd monitoring) will be considered.

List of considered topics and methodologies:

  • low-level feature extraction (background subtraction, space-time interest points, tracklets)
  • object detection (human, body)
  • tracking (multi-object, multi-camera, audio-visual)
  • behavior cue extraction (body or head pose)
  • crowd monitoring
  • supervised behavior recognition (statistical and symbolic approaches)
  • (temporal data mining, probabilistic topic models -Latent Dirichlet Allocation, Dirichlet Processes,…)
  • active learning

Presentation of real uses cases, market needs, and current bottlenecks in the surveillance domain will also be addressed, with one half day devoted to presentations and panel discussions with professional and industrial presenters.


The summer school is open to young researchers (in particular master or Ph.D. students) and researchers from both the academia and industry working in the human activity analysis domain or connected fields like surveillance, and curious to know about the main trends in this field. Through the workshop, participants will get the opportunity to meet world experts from the different domains of interest. They will also have the opportunity to share with their peers through informal events and a poster session.

See also: list of topics and speakers


The summer school features a poster session. Please, bring your poster ! The EU PASCAL Network of excellence sponsors the event, and three prizes will be awarded to the best posters:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
  • Wireless Headset Logitech G930
  • Wireless Headphones Sennheiser RS 120 II

Social Activity

All participants are invited to take part to a guided tour of Antibes with an Absinth tasting followed by a gala dinner.


Jean-Marc Odobez (Idiap Research Institute)
Francois Bremond (Inria)