Analysing Social Interactions from a Distance: The AnaSID project (2010-2013)

The gap in knowledge between the mechanics of social interactions, found by social psychologists and the estimation of social behaviour by machines is a vast and relatively uncharted area of interdisciplinary research. The project aims to address part of this vast domain in terms of automatically identifying and characterising congregated social groups. It will address the use of noisy non-verbal cues to estimate social behaviour types and the extent to which social psychology literature can be used to inform the automation process.

Automatic analysis of social behaviour in this context goes beyond surveillance and crime-prevention. It could be used to gather stastistics on the use of public spaces to inform the architectural design process, measure changes in the sociatal norms of interactive behaviour in the general population, buyer behaviour in a retail setting or as a tool for large-scale sociological studies..etc.

This study concentrates on detecting self-arranged social groups from both a static and dynamic perspective using video data that has been recorded from a top-down view


This project is funded by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship.

Associated Publications

H. Hung, G. Englebienne, and J. Kools, "Classifying Social Action with a Single Accelerometer", to appear in the ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), 2013 (oral presentation)

F. Setti*, H. Hung*, and M. Cristani*, "Group Detection in Still Images by F-formation Modeling: A Comparative Study", Invited Paper, to appear in the International Workshop on Image and Audio Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIA2MIS), 2013.*all authors contributed equally.

G. Englebienne and H. Hung, Mining for Motivation: Using a single wearble accelerometer to detect people's interests, to appear in ACM Multimedia Workshop on Interactive Multimedia on Mobile and Portable Devices, Nara, Japan, 2012.

H. Hung and B. Krose, "Detecting F-formations as Dominant Sets", in International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Alicante, Spain, November 2011. (Oral Presentation)

A. Veenstra and H. Hung, "Do They Like Me? Using Video Cues to Predict Desires during Speed-dates", IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision Workshops,p. 838-845, Barcelona, Spain, 2011. (Oral Presentation)

H. Hung, J.-M. Odobez, D. Gavrila, "International Workshop on Interactive Human Behavior Analysis in Open or Public Spaces", workshop proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence, Amsterdam, 2011.

H. Hung, J.-M. Odobez, D. Gavrila, "Interactive Human Behavior Analysis in Open or Public Spaces", in the International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence, Amsterdam, 2011.

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