Friends Meet Dataset

Friends Meet (FM) Dataset for Group Detection and Tracking

L. Bazzani, V. Murino, and M. Cristani. Decentralized particle filter for joint individual-group tracking. CVPR2012

We present a new annotated dataset that contains groups of people that evolve, appear and disappear spontaneously, and experience split and merge events. This correspond to cocktail party-like situations in social areas where people arrive alone or with other people, move from one group to another, stay still while conversing, etc.  Such a picture was missing in literature, since most of the existing datasets with labelled groups contain wlaking pedestrian with a main flow direction. We manually annotated people and groups on each frame and over time, i.e., detection and tracking of groups and individuals.

CoffeeBreak Dataset

CoffeeBreak Dataset, Ver. 1.0

M. Cristani, L. Bazzani, G. Paggetti, A. Fossati, A. Del Bue, G. Menegaz, V. Murino: Social interaction discovery by statistical analysis of F-formations. BMVC 2011


The dataset serves for checking the ability in detecting social interactions, i.e., people that talk with themselves.

The dataset represents a coffee-break scenario of a social event that lasted 4 days, captured by two cameras. The dataset is part of a social signaling project whose aim is to monitor how social relations evolve over time. Nowadays, only 2 sequences of a single day of a single camera have been annotated (but novel sequences are going to appear, keep in touch!). A psychologist annotated the videos indicating the groups present in the scenes, for a total of 45 frames for Seq1 and 75 frames for Seq2. The annotations have been done by analyzing each frame and a set of questionnaires that the subjects filled in. The dataset is still challenging from the tracking and head pose estimation point of view, due to multiple occlusions. Results of this dataset have been published in [1].

Mice Behaviour Analysis Datasets

Mice Behaviour Analysis - Datasets

Mice behavioural analysis plays a key role in neuroscience. In fact, the visual analysis of genetically modified mice allows to get insights about particular genes, phenotypes or drug effects. As part of our research, we have collected hours of mice interactions which can be used for training, testing and validation of many aspects of mouse tracking and general social behaviour classification. The recordings comprise of uncompressed frames captured by a overhead infrared camera. Different numbers of interacting mice (from 2 to 4) and mouse strains are employed.

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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.