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New generation of human machine interfaces for controlling UAV through depth-based gesture recognition
Author(s): Tomás Mantecón; Carlos Roberto del Blanco; Fernando Jaureguizar; Narciso García
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Paper Abstract

New forms of natural interactions between human operators and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) are demanded by the military industry to achieve a better balance of the UAV control and the burden of the human operator. In this work, a human machine interface (HMI) based on a novel gesture recognition system using depth imagery is proposed for the control of UAVs. Hand gesture recognition based on depth imagery is a promising approach for HMIs because it is more intuitive, natural, and non-intrusive than other alternatives using complex controllers. The proposed system is based on a Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier that uses spatio-temporal depth descriptors as input features. The designed descriptor is based on a variation of the Local Binary Pattern (LBP) technique to efficiently work with depth video sequences. Other major consideration is the especial hand sign language used for the UAV control. A tradeoff between the use of natural hand signs and the minimization of the inter-sign interference has been established. Promising results have been achieved in a depth based database of hand gestures especially developed for the validation of the proposed system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9084, Unmanned Systems Technology XVI, 90840C (3 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2053244
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Tomás Mantecón, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Carlos Roberto del Blanco, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Fernando Jaureguizar, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Narciso García, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9084:
Unmanned Systems Technology XVI
Robert E. Karlsen; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker; Grant R. Gerhart, Editor(s)

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