An Unsupervised Method for Anomaly Detection from Crowd Videos

Guler P., Temizel A., Temizel T.

21st Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference (SIU), CYPRUS, 24 - 26 April 2013 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • Doi Number: 10.1109/siu.2013.6531292
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Anomaly detection from crowd videos is an issue that is becoming more important due to the difficulties in maintaining the public security in crowded places. Surveillance videos has a significant role for enabling the real time analysis of the captured events occurring in crowded places. This paper presents a method that detects anomalies in crowd in real-time using computer vision and machine learning techniques. The proposed method consists of extracting the crowd behavior properties (velocity, direction) by tracking scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) feature points and fitting the extracted behavior properties into a Gaussian Model. In this paper, only the global anomalies which occur on the overall video frame are handled. According to the test results, the method gives comparable results with the state-of-art methods and also can run in real-time. In addition, it is less complex than the compared state-of-art methods and works unsupervised.