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NIST Video Analytics in Public Safety (VAPS) Workshop

April 20th, 2016 / in Announcements, Research News / by Helen Wright

The goal of the VAPS workshop will be to create an environment where technical stakeholders of all types can exchange knowledge, practices, needs, challenges, issues, and ideas to jointly identify the critical R&D, resources, standards, and collaboration vehicles and infrastructure to support the creation of a robust public safety video analytics R&D ecosystem. The VAPS workshop is intended to inform national strategy for video analytics R&D and to lay the foundation for the formation of a multidisciplinary VAPS Community of Interest to support robust collaborative engagement on the emerging priorities. A summary report will be published after the workshop.

Workshop Format and Pre-Workshop Activities and Submissions

  1. Vertical Perspective Panels: To promote the sharing of knowledge and perspectives across stakeholders, the workshop will have technical perspective summaries from pre-workshop panels on:
    1. Public safety and transportation safety video use and analysis
    2. Industry video analytics R&D and related technologies and standards
    3. Academic research in areas relevant to public safety video technologies
    4. Human factors, HCI, and visualization research
    5. Legal, policy, and social considerations
  2. Collaboration Success Stories:  The workshop will feature case stories in successful R&D collaborations between the Public Safety Community and researchers and will discuss lessons learned.
  3. Technical Poster/Demo Session:  The workshop will include a technical poster and demo session where all participants can present their relevant research.
  4. Technical Breakouts: The emphasis of the workshop will be on two technical breakout sessions where participants will jointly identify issues, needs, R&D priorities, and ways forward for research, measurement, standards, education and outreach, and collaboration. These breakouts will draw from the breadth and diversity of the workshop participants and the materials presented earlier in the day.

Your participation in the pre-workshop panels and the workshop poster session is extremely important to ensuring the success of the workshop. Please contact the VAPS organizers at, before the dates below, if you would like to participate.

Important Dates:

  • May 1 – Deadline for registering to participate in pre-workshop vertical perspective panels. These panels will meet virtually on several dates in May.
  • May 15 – Deadline for poster and demo abstracts.
  • May 27 – Deadline for workshop registration.

You can register here. Please see the workshop website for further information.   

NIST Video Analytics in Public Safety (VAPS) Workshop