Scientists have developed athat can recognise in videos, even those that it has not previously seen.
The new approach uses both scene and object features from the video and enables associations between these visual elements and each type of event to be automatically determined and weighted by a machine-learning architecture known as a neural network.
The approach not only works better than other methods in recognising events in videos, but is significantly better at identifying events that that the computer programme has never or rarely encountered previously, said Leonid Sigal, senior research scientist at Disney Research.
These events can include such things as riding a horse, baking cookies or eating at a restaurant.
“Automated techniques are essential for indexing, searching and analysing the incredible amount of video being created and uploaded daily to the Internet,” said Jessica Hodgins, vice president at Disney Research.
“With multiple hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every second, there’s no way to describe all of that content manually,” Hodgins said.