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Human tracking using 3D surface colour distributions

Human tracking using 3D surface colour distributions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1332-1342
Number of pages11
JournalImage and Vision Computing
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2006


A likelihood formulation for detailed human tracking in real-world scenes is presented. In this formulation, the appearance, modelled using feature distributions defined over regions on the surface of an articulated 3D model, is estimated and propagated as part of the state. The benefit of such a formulation over currently used techniques is that it provides a dense, highly discriminatory object-based cue that applies in real world scenes. Multi-dimensional histograms are used to represent the feature distributions and an on-line clustering algorithm, driven by prior knowledge of clothing structure, is derived that enhances appearance estimation and computational efficiency. An investigation of the likelihood model shows its profile to be smooth and broad while region grouping is shown to improve localisation and discrimination. These properties of the likelihood model ease pose estimation by allowing coarse, hierarchical sampling and local optimisation.



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