IRIM Robotics Seminar–Shmuel Peleg

Shmuel Peleg of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem presents “Video Synopsis” as part of the IRIM Robotics Seminar Series. The seminar will be held in the TSRB Banquet Hall from 12-1 p.m. and is open to the public. 


Surveillance video is practically never used because there are too many hours of video for people to watch. Most attempts to deal with the overflow of surveillance video involve the development of automatic video understanding, including object recognition and activity understanding. Video synopsis is complementary to video understanding. After objects are detected, video synopsis changes the time of display of each object so that more objects are “packed” into a shorter time. The resulting video is a shorter summary of the original, where the objects are shown more densely. While video synopsis can reduce, on average, an hour of video into a minute, the synopsis loses causality, resulting in the possibility of objects that appear together in the original video appearing at different times in the synopsis, and vice versa. Video synopsis is an excellent tool for browsing video, and when used in conjunction with the results of video, an excellent method for understanding tools.


Shmuel Peleg received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland in 1979. In 1981, he joined the faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he is a professor of computer science. Peleg served as the first chairman of the Institute of Computer Science at the Hebrew University from 1990 to 1993.

The author of more than 140 technical papers in computer vision and image processing, Peleg also holds 18 U.S. patents. His technologies have provided the technical foundations for several startup companies, including BriefCam Ltd., which creates short summaries of long surveillance video capable of summarizing many hours of surveillance video into minutes of footage. He has also served as an editor and committee member of numerous international journals and conferences, and he recently served as a co-general-chair of CVPR 2011 and a program co-chair of ICCP 2013.

Event Details


  • Monday, February 3, 2014
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TSRB Banquet Hall

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