Bottom-Up Recognition and Parsing of the Human Body

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Bottom-Up Recognition and Parsing of the Human Body
Recognizing humans, estimating their pose and segmenting their body parts are key to high-level image understanding. Because humans are highly articulated, the range of deformations they undergo makes this task extremely challenging. Previous methods have focused largely on heuristics or pairwise part models in approaching this problem. We propose a bottom-up growing, similar to parsing, of increasingly more complete partial body masks guided by a composition tree. At each level of the growing process, we evaluate the partial body masks directly via shape matching with exemplars (and also image features), without regard to how the hypotheses are formed. The body is evaluated as a whole, not the sum of its parts, unlike previous approaches. Multiple image segmentations are included at each of the levels of the growing/parsing, to augment existing hypotheses or to introduce ones. Our method yields both a pose estimate as well as a segmentation of the human. We demonstrate competitive res...
Praveen Srinivasan, Jianbo Shi
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Authors Praveen Srinivasan, Jianbo Shi
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