Insitut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)
INRIA is a French public sector scientific and technological institute operating under the dual authority of the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Industry. INRIA's missions are "to undertake basic and applied research, to design experimental systems, to ensure technology and knowledge transfer, to organize international scientific exchanges, to carry out scientific assessments, and to contribute to standardization". The research carried out at INRIA brings together experts from the fields of computer science and applied mathematics covering the following areas: Networks and Systems; Software Engineering and Symbolic Computing; Man-Machine Interaction; Image Processing, Data Management, Knowledge Systems, Simulation and Optimization of Complex Systems. INRIA's ambition is to be an international research institute at the heart of the information society. INRIA aims to network skills and talents from the fields of information and computer science and technology from the entire French research system. This network allows scientific excellence to be used for technological progress, for creating employment and wealth and for new uses in response to socioeconomic needs.
Within INRIA, the Pulsar team will work in the Dem@Care project. Pulsar research themes deal with the design of intelligent systems based on knowledge representation, learning and reasoning techniques. In cognitive vision we study two kinds of automatic image understanding: video sequence understanding and complex object recognition. Pulsar has several international and industrial relations in video understanding; participation in European and national projects such as the Sweet-Home project on long-term monitoring of older people to build an innovative framework for modelling activities of daily living (ADLs) at home. These activities can help assessing diseases of the elderly (e.g. Alzheimer‘s, depression, apathy), detecting pre-cursors such as unbalanced walking, speed, walked distance, psychomotor slowness, frequent sighing and frowning, social withdrawal as a result of spending increasing time indoors.
In Dem@Care, INRIA‘s research group Pulsar will be involved in the investigation of human-interactions/behaviours perception from fixed video cameras (contributing to WP4 - Situational Analysis of Daily Activities). Moreover, Pulsar will study video scene understanding algorithms to take advantage of multi-modal behavioural cues extracted in the project to provide adequate services to older people (WP5 - Medical Ambient Intelligence). For instance, Pulsar will investigate the design of a new framework to endow monitoring systems with capabilities for learning behaviour profiles.