Advanced research into archive, analysis and retrieval of video based data

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
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Application Deadline
3/12/2018 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

  • Police and other agencies collect video data for a number of reasons. The video data are often used successfully as a means of providing evidence, building cases and aiding investigations. video data are collected, it is often from disparate sources and of varying quality. This makes job of searching through data particularly challenging. Technology does exist to make large corpuses ofdata searchable for specific tasks. However, the performance of these systems often falls below usable standards in operational settings. Approaches to this problem rely on classic “rules based” algorithms, such as video motion detection. Operationally, this presents a problem as the scenes from where data is captured will often have many objects moving. This can create a false alarm rate so high that it yields the system unusable. In addition, no standardized ontology is used in the classification of video data that would help in the efficient retrieval of achieved videocontent.

  • The advances in video analytics, machine learning, processing power and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) mean that there is much more potential to analyze and extract useful data in real-time or near-real time. It may be possible to classify data automatically and therefore make interrogation of that data much more efficient andaccurate.

  • These advances in research and technology may mean live detection of specific events and scene behaviors may also be possible.



Example Approaches:

  • Deep Neural Networks. This is in an active area of research, but little is known about the efficacy of such approaches for the security and intelligence communities. The use of Deep Neural Networks allows for efficient unsupervised learning of content to produce accurate results and attempts todefine associations and commonalities across large corpuses of data. Whilst this is active research withinthe academic communities, it is unlikely that large datasets have been utilized and tested against that describe government requirements. Datasets that can be used for thispurpose can be provided, if needed.

  • Using open source deep-neural networks, such as TensorFlow to assess the performance of open source networks against video data. Applications like TensorFlow have been used against video hosting websites such as YouTube. However, the research will not have looked specifically at the types of video content, or requirements, for the security domain. By interrogating data this way, it may providelinkstoinvestigationswherepreviouslytherehavebeennoknownlinks detection of specificevents.

  • Research through current academic activities. There are likely to be many novel approaches across the academic community that are involved with research within machine vision. This gives researchers the opportunity to apply their own innovations to specific scenarios. Datasets can be provided, if needed.

Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (36 )