The HCI area presented one paper at the 17th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION 2014), which was held in Salamanca (Spain) from July 7th to July 10th.

The presented paper, entitled “Towards Smart Traffic Management Systems: Vacant On-Street Parking Spot Detection Based on Video Analytics”, is a joint research work between the HCI area and the Multimedia and Vision (MMV) Research Group of the Queen Mary, University of London. The paper is authored by HCI researchers Xavier Sevillano and Elena Màrmol, together with Virginia Fernández-Arguedas from MMV, and it was presented in the “Data Fusion in Intelligent Transport Systems” special session.

The work focuses on how video analytics can be exploited towards Smart City traffic management solutions by reusing existing resources like the widely deployed surveillance camera networks. In particular, the paper presents a computer vision approach for detecting vacant parking spots on the street based on a critical comparison of global and local visual features and robust classifier systems. The conducted research presented in this paper constitutes the starting point of the QuickSpot system.