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Appearance-based human gesture recognition using multimodal features for human computer interaction
Author(s): Dan Luo; Hua Gao; Hazim Kemal Ekenel; Jun Ohya
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Paper Abstract

The use of gesture as a natural interface plays an utmost important role for achieving intelligent Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Human gestures include different components of visual actions such as motion of hands, facial expression, and torso, to convey meaning. So far, in the field of gesture recognition, most previous works have focused on the manual component of gestures. In this paper, we present an appearance-based multimodal gesture recognition framework, which combines the different groups of features such as facial expression features and hand motion features which are extracted from image frames captured by a single web camera. We refer 12 classes of human gestures with facial expression including neutral, negative and positive meanings from American Sign Languages (ASL). We combine the features in two levels by employing two fusion strategies. At the feature level, an early feature combination can be performed by concatenating and weighting different feature groups, and LDA is used to choose the most discriminative elements by projecting the feature on a discriminative expression space. The second strategy is applied on decision level. Weighted decisions from single modalities are fused in a later stage. A condensation-based algorithm is adopted for classification. We collected a data set with three to seven recording sessions and conducted experiments with the combination techniques. Experimental results showed that facial analysis improve hand gesture recognition, decision level fusion performs better than feature level fusion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7865, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XVI, 786509 (2 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872525
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Dan Luo, Waseda Univ. (Japan)
Karlsruher Institute of Technology (Germany)
Hua Gao, Karlsruher Institute of Technology (Germany)
Hazim Kemal Ekenel, Karlsruher Institute of Technology (Germany)
Jun Ohya, Waseda Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7865:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XVI
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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