Master Thesis – Automatic detection of unusual behavior using camera metadata at Axis Communications


During the last years, there has been rapid development in the field of advanced image analytics done directly onboard surveillance cameras. Moving objects can now be identified, tracked, classified, and given properties like speed and color.

The metadata produced by these systems are often used to trigger live alarms to get the attention of the operator of the surveillance system. However, configuring the rules for when to trigger alarms is a tedious task that often requires many iterations of fine-tuning in order to reduce the number of false alarms.

This thesis project aims to find ways to automate the configuration of alarm rules, by instead allowing the system to autonomically “learn” the scene. When the system knows the normal behaviors of the scene it can produce alarms only when “unusual behavior” is detected, e.g. “car moving in the wrong direction”.

The team you will be working with is specialized in integrations for big Video Management Systems and will provide a good platform for creating prototypes. C#/.Net/Windows is the main language/platform used, but you are free to make prototypes in other environments like Matlab as well.


Find a model for how we can describe a fixed video scene with moving objects using metadata information in such a way that we can automatically detect “unusual behavior”.

  • Implement a prototype

  • Do field tests

  • Optionally, provide ways to optimize the model, e.g. operator can indicate which alarms are desired and not.

OK, I am interested! What do I do now?

You are valuable to us – how nice that you are interested in one of our proposals! There are a few things for you to keep in mind when applying.

  • Applications are accepted in both Swedish and English, and you apply via the proposal advert.

  • The announced thesis is open only to students affiliated with a Swedish University/College either directly or via an exchange program.

  • When the thesis proposal states that it includes two students working together, we would like you to apply in pairs. In these cases, send one application each but make sure to clearly state in your application who your co-applicant is. If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Please attach your CV and University/College grade summary.

Who are you?

We believe that this dissertation is suitable for students who like graphics, analytical thinking and algorithms and who want to apply this to a real-life problem.

We believe that you are students at a college / university where you study Applied Mathematics, Technical Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or perhaps Electrical Engineering.

You live in, or near, Lund. The work will be carried out at Axis HQ in Lund.

Who to contact for any questions regarding the position!

For technical questions: Anders Persson, , 046-272 2043

For practical questions:  Johan Jacobsson, , 046-287 9943

About Axis Communications

We enable a smarter, safer world by creating innovative solutions for improving security and business performance. As a network technology company and industry leader, we offer solutions in video surveillance, access control, intercom, and audio systems, enhanced by intelligent analytics applications.

With around 4000 committed employees in over 50 countries, we collaborate with partners worldwide. Together, we thrive in our friendly, open, and collaborative culture and inspire each other to think beyond the expected. United by our commitment to inclusion, diversity, and sustainability, we consistently seek to develop our skills and way of working.

Let´s create a smarter, safer world

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