Monocular image 3D human pose estimation under self-occlusion

Ibrahim Radwan, Abhinav Dhall, Roland Goecke

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In this paper, an automatic approach for 3D pose reconstruction from a single image is proposed. The presence of human body articulation, hallucinated parts and cluttered background leads to ambiguity during the pose inference, which makes the problem non-trivial. Researchers have explored various methods based on motion and shading in order to reduce the ambiguity and reconstruct the 3D pose. The key idea of our algorithm is to impose both kinematic and orientation constraints. The former is imposed by projecting a 3D model onto the input image and pruning the parts, which are incompatible with the anthropomorphism. The latter is applied by creating synthetic views via regressing the input view to multiple oriented views. After applying the constraints, the 3D model is projected onto the initial and synthetic views, which further reduces the ambiguity. Finally, we borrow the direction of the unambiguous parts from the synthetic views to the initial one, which results in the 3D pose. Quantitative experiments are performed on the Human Eva-I dataset and qualitatively on unconstrained images from the Image Parse dataset. The results show the robustness of the proposed approach to accurately reconstruct the 3D pose form a single image.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2013
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781479928392
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Computer Vision 2013 - Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20138 Dec 2013
Conference number: 14th (IEEE Conference Proceedings)

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Computer Vision 2013
Abbreviated titleICCV 2013
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  • 3D pose reconstruction
  • pose estimation
  • self-occlusion

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