The VideoSense Virtual Centre of Excellence Summer School

The VideoSense Summer School this nyear was co-located with the DSP 2013, from 30 June to 3rd July in Santorini, Greece.  The event provided an opportunity for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and senior Professors to exchange research insights on socio-ethical and privacy-preserving video-anlaytics.

The Programme included several tutorials from leading European researchers addressing the various legal, socio-ethical, methodological and architectural aspects of privacy preserving video-analytics in particular privacy by co-design, privacy risks impact assessment and self-regulation in operational deployment.

Tutors included:

    1. Prof. Atta Badii, University of Reading ISR
    2. Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL  
    3. Prof. Jean-Luc Dugelay, EURECOM
    4. Dr. Christian Fedorczak, Thales Communications Research
    5. Dr. Ivo Keller, Technical University of Berlin


Clustering Workshop: Privacy By Co-Design in Socio-ethical and Privacy Preserving Surveillance Systems Video-Analytics: Framework Architecture, Algorithms and Impact Assessment

Brussels Novotel Grand Palace, 22 March 2013, 09.30-17.30

ISR as the Coordinator of the VideoSense Network of Excellence is organising the first clustering workshop on Privacy by Co-Design in socio-ethical and privacy-preserving video-analytics which offers an opportunity for exchange of insights arising from the research conducted worldwide on aspects of privacy respecting design of ICT systems and in particular by EU-Funded projects such as VideoSense on privacy respecting approaches an end-to-end processes supporting the design of socially responsible, accountable and self-regulating architectures for surveillance systems video-analytics and their operational deployment.

Participation in the workshop is free and shall be open to all researchers and practitioners with an active interest in the domain such as those working on projects funded under the security research programme and representatives from policing and security agencies.   

Contributions to the programme by way of presentations describing on-going research and/or acting as discussant on any relevant aspect of any of the presentations are welcome. The workshop is expected to feature 8 presentations each of a duration of 1-hour maximum including Q&A and discussions.  Topics of interest include all aspect with a Privacy by Design focus, including the interplay of influences arising from all relevant legal, ethical, societal and technological systems-of-systems that have an upstream or downstream effect on the social and individual perspectives on privacy and how it is valued and can be safe-guarded as well as how this could be best achieved in practice.  

This should include techniques of secure video encoding and privacy protection, mitigation technologies and lead to deeper perspectives on ways and means whereby privacy-respecting compliance can best be aided through the Video Content Analysis and Privacy Impact Analysis and Evaluation.

Those wishing to make presentation should send this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10 March 2013, the detailed workshop presentations agenda will be confirmed by 15th March 2013.

Session Co-Chairs: Prof. Atta Badii, Prof. Jean-Luc Dugelay, Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi, Prof. Ebroul Izquierdo, Christian Fedorczak, Prof. Thomas Sikora, Diego Fernandez Vazquez

Programme Committee: Mathieu Einig, Claudia Araimo, Volker Eiselein, Virginia Fernandez, Ivo Keller, Pavel Korshunov, Tomas Piatrik, Tobias Senst

DSP 2013 Special Session: Privacy Preservation By Design in Video Content Analysis: Framework Architecture, Algorithms and Impact Assessment

ISR is organising a special session at the DSP which seeks to open up new perspectives on ways and means whereby privacy-respecting compliance can best be aided through image processing and pattern recognition algorithms and techniques that enhance the privacy protection as an inherent property of the Video Content Analysis process.

The aim is to provide insights relating to the problems of automatic decision making in privacy-aware systems by examining the achievable accuracy of different State-of-the-Art signal processing, pattern recognition and ontology-based techniques and presenting new approaches to enhancing privacy protection capability of such systems as well as assessment of impacts of achievable automated privacy protection levels  

Accordingly the proposed special session will also present new image processing and computer vision algorithms as well as frameworks and architectures to be used in privacy-respecting video analytics solutions.  

Co-Chairs: Prof. Atta Badii, University of Reading, UK; Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, Professor Jean-Luc Dugelay, Christian Fedorczak, Diego Fernandez Vazquez, Dr Ivo Keller

Programme Committee: Co-Chairs, Prof Ebroul Izquierdo, Professor Thomas Sikora, Claudia Araimo, Mathieu Einig, Dr Pavel Korshunov, Dr Tomas Piatrik


Link: DSP 2013