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Assistive sports video annotation: modelling and detecting complex events in sports video

Owen, Aled, Marshall, Andrew David ORCID:, Sidorov, Kirill ORCID:, Hicks, Yulia Alexandrovna ORCID: and Brown, Rhodri 2015. Assistive sports video annotation: modelling and detecting complex events in sports video. Presented at: MathSport International 2015, Loughborough, UK, 29 June -- 1 July 2015. Proc. MathSport International 2015. pp. 144-148.

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Video analysis in professional sports is a relatively new assistive tool for coaching. Currently, manual annotation and analysis of video footage is the modus operandi. This is a laborious and time consuming process, which does not afford a cost effective or scalable solution as the demand and uses of video analysis grows. This paper describes a method for automatic annotation and segmentation of video footage of rugby games (one of the sports that pioneered the use of computer vision techniques for game analysis and coaching) into specific events (e.g. a scrum), with the aim to reduce time and cost associated with manual annotation of multiple videos. This is achieved in a data-driven fashion, whereby the models that are used for automatic annotation are trained from video footage. Training data consists of annotated events in a game and corresponding video. We propose a supervised machine learning solution. We use human annotations from a large corpus of international matches to extract video of such events. Dense SIFT (Scale Invariant Feature Transform) features are then extracted for each frame from which a bag-of-words vocabulary is determined. A classifier is then built from labelled data and the features extracted for each corresponding video frame. We present promising results on broadcast video for a international rugby matches annotated by expert video analysts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 June 2016
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 10:07

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