Panopticon: A Parallel Video Overview System


Panopticon is a video surrogate system that displays multiple sub-sequences in parallel to present a rapid overview of the entire sequence to the user. A novel, precisely animated arrangement slides thumbnails to provide a consistent spatiotemporal layout while allowing any sub-sequence of the original video to be watched without interruption.

A variety of user evaluations have demonstrated Panopticon’s advantage over traditional video players when finding events of interest in surveillance videos (Jackson et al., 2013) and in lecture videos (Nicholson et al., 2014). Currently, Panopticon is being trialled as a possible interface for better supporting the crowdsourcing of surveillance videos and for identifying events of interest from headmounted videos.

A demo of the Panopticon system can be viewed here.


Nicholson, J., Huber, M., Jackson, D., & Olivier, P. (2014). Panopticon as an eLearning Support Search Tool. In Proceedings of CHI 2014. (*Best of CHI Award: Best Paper*)

Jackson, D., Nicholson, J., Stoeckigt, G., Wrobel, R., Thieme, A., & Olivier, P. (2013). Panopticon: A Parallel Video Overview System. In Proceedings of UIST 2013.