A Probabilistic Framework for Articulated Shape Recognition

  • Abdullah A. Al-Shaher
  • Edwin. R. Hancock
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3179)


This paper describes a probabilistic framework for recognising 2D shapes with articulated components. The shapes are represented using both geometrical and a symbolic primitives, that are encapsulated in a two layer hierarchical architecture. Each primitive is modelled so as to allow a degree of articulated freedom using a polar point distribution model that captures how the primitive movement varies over a training set. Each segment is assigned a symbolic label to distinguish its identity, and the overall shape is represented by a configuration of labels. We demonstrate how both the point-distribution model and the symbolic labels can be combined to perform recognition using a probabilistic hierarchical algorithm. This involves recovering the parameters of the point distribution model that minimise an alignment error, and recovering symbol configurations that minimise a structural error. We apply the recognition method to human pose recognition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdullah A. Al-Shaher
    • 1
  • Edwin. R. Hancock
    • 1
  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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