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Journal Article


Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer, Volume 17, Number 5, p.987–998 (2013)



We discuss smart environments that identify and track their occupants using unobtrusive recognition modalities such as face, gait, and voice. In order to alleviate the inherent limitations of recognition, we propose spatio-temporal reasoning techniques based upon an analysis of the occupant tracks. The key idea underlying our approach is to determine the identity of a person based upon information from a track of events rather than a single event. We abstract a smart environment by a probabilistic state transition system in which each state records a set of individuals who are present in various zones of the smart environment. An event abstracts a recognition step, and the transition function defines the mapping between states upon the occurrence of an event. We express two forms of spatio-temporal reasoning in the form of transition functions: a track-based transition function and an error-correcting transition function. We also define the concepts of ‘precision’ and ‘recall’ to quantify the performance of the smart environment and provide experimental results to clarify the performance improvements from spatio-temporal reasoning. Our conclusion is that the state transition system is an effective abstraction of a smart environment and the application of spatial-temporal reasoning enhances the overall performance of a biometric recognition system.


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Cite this Research Publication

V. Menon, Jayaraman, B., and Govindaraju, V., “Enhancing Biometric Recognition with Spatio-Temporal Reasoning in Smart Environments”, Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, vol. 17, pp. 987–998, 2013.