In Proceedings of IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, pages 568-574, 6, 1997. Paper abstract bibtex
This paper describes a probabilistic decomposition of human dynamics at multiple abstractions, and shows how to propagate hypotheses across space, time, and abstraction levels. Recognition in this framework is the succession of very general low level grouping mechanisms to increased specific and learned model based grouping techniques at higher levels. Hard decision thresholds are delayed and resolved by higher level statistical models and temporal context. Low-level primitives are areas of coherent motion found by EM clustering, mid-level categories are simple movements represented by dynamical systems, and high-level complex gestures are represented by Hidden Markov Models as successive phases of ample movements. We show how such a representation can be learned from training data, and apply It to the example of human gait recognition.