The Re-identification Challenge

Shaogang Gong, Marco Cristani, Chen Change Loy, Timothy M. Hospedales

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For making sense of the vast quantity of visual data generated by the rapid expansion of large-scale distributed multi-camera systems, automated person re-identification is essential. However, it poses a significant challenge to computer vision systems. Fundamentally, person re-identification requires to solve two difficult problems of ‘finding needles in haystacks’ and ‘connecting the dots’ by identifying instances and associating the whereabouts of targeted people travelling across large distributed space–time locations in often crowded environments. This capability would enable the discovery of, and reasoning about, individual-specific long-term structured activities and behaviours. Whilst solving the person re-identification problem is inherently challenging, it also promises enormous potential for a wide range of practical applications, ranging from security and surveillance to retail and health care. As a result, the field has drawn growing and wide interest from academic researchers and industrial developers. This chapter introduces the re-identification problem, highlights the difficulties in building person re-identification systems, and presents an overview of recent progress and the state-of-the-art approaches to solving some of the fundamental challenges in person re-identification, benefiting from research in computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning, and drawing insights from video analytics system design considerations for engineering practical solutions. It also provides an introduction of the contributing chapters of this book. The chapter ends by posing some open questions for the re-identification challenge arising from emerging and future applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerson Re-Identification
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4471-6296-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4471-6295-7
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
PublisherSpringer London
ISSN (Print)2191-6586

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