Situation Recognition

Ramesh Jain

(Stanford University)

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Date: May 7, 2014


With the growth in social media, Internet of things, wearable devices, mobile phones, and planetary- scale sensing there is an unprecedented need and opportunity to assimilate spatio-temporally distributed heterogeneous data streams into actionable information. Consequently the concepts like objects, scenes, and events, need to be extended to recognize situations (e.g. epidemics, traffic jams, seasons, flash mobs). This presentation motivates and computationally grounds the problem of situation recognition. It presents a systematic approach for combining multimodal real-time heterogeneous big data into actionable situations. Specifically, an approach for modeling and recognizing situations using available data streams is implemented using EventShop to model and detect situations of interest. Similar framework is applied at personal level to determine evolving personal situations. By combining personal situation and environmental situation, it is possible to connect needs of people to appropriate resources efficiently, effectively, and promptly. We will discuss this framework using some early examples.

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Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator.

He is a Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine where he is doing research in Event Web and experiential computing. Earlier he served on faculty of Georgia Tech, University of California at San Diego, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE. His current research interests are in processing massive number of geo-spatial heterogeneous data streams for building Smart Social System. He is the recipient of several awards including the ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award 2010.

Ramesh co-founded several companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. These companies include PRAJA, Virage, and ImageWare. Currently he is involved in Stikco and SnapViz. He has also been advisor to several other companies including some of the largest companies in media and search space.

Created: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014