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Motion Recognition

The recognition of human movements is an important topic in computer vision and has many promising applications in entertainment, human computer interaction, automatic video indexing, video surveillance and intrusion detection. An important requirement is speed. Especially for interactive applications, real-time recognition rates are needed. In applications like computer games or human computer interactions, the user should not perceive any noticeable delay between the action performed and the system response.

This work presents a novel technique for recognizing human motion in real time. The movement of a performer is first captured in 3D by means of a model-based technique. The basic idea of our approach is the following:

Using sequences allows for an on line recognition, necessary in several applications, since we do not need to acquire and process the whole motion to classify it. Exploiting Principal Component Analysis (PCA), a reduced dimensionality model of the sequences can be used to recognize several basic actions, like walking, running or waiting.

The contribution of this work is a system that, after a proper training, is capable of recognizing many different action classes in real time. Furthermore, the approach can be easily extended to deal with other motion classes. The proposed method exploits 3D motion data, since 2D techniques often impose constraints on the characteristics of the motion to be analysed and of the available data.


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