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This paper presents a novel system to estimate body pose configuration from a single depth map. It combines both pose detection and pose refinement. The input depth map is matched with a set of pre-captured motion exemplars to generate a body configuration estimation, as well as semantic labeling of the input point cloud. The initial estimation is then refined by directly fitting the body configuration with the observation (e.g., the input depth). In addition to the new system architecture, our other contributions include modifying a point cloud smoothing technique to deal with very noisy input depth maps, a point cloud alignment and pose search algorithm that is view-independent and efficient. Experiments on a public dataset show that our approach achieves significantly higher accuracy than previous state-of-art methods.
Date of Conference: 6-13 Nov. 2011