3D human posture segmentation by spectral clustering with surface normal constraint

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Signal Processing, 2011, 91 (9), pp. 2204 - 2212
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In this paper, we propose a new algorithm for partitioning human posture represented by 3D point clouds sampled from the surface of human body. The algorithm is formed as a constrained extension of the recently developed segmentation method, spectral clustering (SC). Two folds of merits are offered by the algorithm: (1) as a nonlinear method, it is able to deal with the situation that data (point cloud) are sampled from a manifold (the surface of human body) rather than the embedded entire 3D space; (2) by using constraints, it facilitates the integration of multiple similarities for human posture partitioning, and it also helps to reduce the limitations of spectral clustering. We show that the constrained spectral clustering (CSC) still can be solved by generalized eigen-decomposition. Experimental results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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