A postdoctoral researcher developing new methods for skeleton-based action recognition, Dr Qiuhong Ke, has won the inaugural Australian Computer Society (ACS) 1962 Medal for her University of Western Australia (UWA) PhD thesis.
Awarded as the Most Outstanding Doctoral Research in the field of Information Technology and Computer Science in Western Australia, Dr Ke’s thesis presents recognition technology that transforms human skeleton sequences into video-based representations to learn high-level spatial and time-based information using deep networks. The research can predict future actions at early stages and can identify a person across different cameras and times.
Dr Ke said she was extremely proud to be awarded the ACS 1962 Medal. As a female thought leader in computing and technology, Dr Ke hopes to inspire other women to shape the future of information technologies and their contribution to real world applications.
“Analysing human activities from videos is very important in a wide range of applications,” said Dr Ke.
“From video surveillance to human-robot interaction, video data and action prediction play a crucial role in the world of safety, health care, automated driving and other scenarios, where an intended action needs to be identified.”
Students from all universities compete to win the 1962 Medal, which is awarded each year to the most accomplished doctoral levels in Computer Science and Information Technology. The 1962 Medal pays homage to the contributions of Professor Dennis Moore who brought the first stored-program digital computer to UWA 57 years ago.
Dr Qiuhong Ke (Max Planck Institute for Informatics) (+49) 1520 759 1927
Lauren Humfrey (UWA Faculty of Engineering Mathematical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 2260