Fuzzy qualitative human model for viewpoint identification

Chern Hong Lim, Chee Seng Chan

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The integration of advance human motion analysis techniques in low-cost video cameras has emerged for consumer applications, particularly in video surveillance systems. These smart and cheap devices provide the practical solutions for improving the public safety and homeland security with the capability of understanding the human behaviour automatically. In this sense, an intelligent video surveillance system should not be constrained on a person viewpoint, as in natural, a person is not restricted to perform an action from a fixed camera viewpoint. To achieve the objective, many state-of-the-art approaches require the information from multiple cameras in their processing. This is an impractical solution by considering its feasibility and computational complexity. First, it is very difficult to find an open space in real environment with perfect overlapping for multi-camera calibration. Secondly, the processing of information from multiple cameras is computational burden. With this, a surge of interest has sparked on single camera approach with notable work on the concept of view specific action recognition. However in their work, the viewpoints are assumed in a priori. In this paper, we extend it by proposing a viewpoint estimation framework where a novel human contour descriptor namely the fuzzy qualitative human contour is extracted from the fuzzy qualitative Poisson human model for viewpoint analysis. Clustering algorithms are used to learn and classify the viewpoints. In addition, our system is also integrated with the capability to classify front and rear views. Experimental results showed the reliability and effectiveness of our proposed viewpoint estimation framework by using the challenging IXMAS human action dataset.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-856
Number of pages12
JournalNeural Computing and Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer vision
  • Fuzzy qualitative reasoning
  • Human motion analysis
  • Video surveillance system

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