Human Pose Estimation: Extension and Application

Digvijay Singh (Homepage)


Understanding human appearance in images and videos is one of the most fundamental and explored area in the field. Describing human appearance can be interpreted as a concoction of smaller and more fundamental related aspects like posture, gesture, outlook etc. By doing so we try to grasp holistic sense from semantically lower level information. The utility behind understanding human appearance and related aspects is the industrial demand for applications that involve analyzing humans and their interaction with surroundings. This thesis work tackles two of such related aspects: i. more fundamental problem, human pose estimation and ii. deeper understanding from cloth parsing based on pose estimation.

Determining the human body joint locations and configuration is quizzed as human pose estimation problem. In this work we address the problem of human pose estimation for video sequence data type. We exploit the availability of redundant information from redundant data type. The proposed iteratively functioning methodology has the first iteration involving parsing data from a quintessential generic base model. For the following iterations, we run a 3 step pipeline: grabbing confidently positive detections from previous iteration using our novel selection criteria, fine-tuning external-to-base parameters to local distribution by synthesizing exemplars from picked ones, and enforcing the learned information using an updated amalgamation model. The resulting pipeline propagates correctness in temporal neighborhoods of a video sequence. Previous methods that use the same base models have relied more on tracking strategies. From the unbiased experiments conducted, our approach has proven to be much more robust and overall better performing.

In the second half, we indulge in determining a more deeper understanding of human aspects i.e. cloth parsing. This involves predicting the cloth types worn by humans and their segmented regions in images. Our work focuses on incorporating robustness to a previously formulated method. Conceivably, determining hot regions for each cloth type is dependent on the underlying pose skeleton of the human, eg. hat will be worn on the head. Hence, availability of pose information is key to cloth parsing problem, but incorrect body part estimations can also simply lead to false cloth detections and segmentations. The previous method uses pose information from pictorial structure based model, whereas we update the formulation to incorporate information from more robust part detectors. The changed model has shown to be performing better at more wild outdoor settings. However, the performance from available and proposed methods is below par and appears non-viable for application purposes. To answer this, we report a set of experiments in which we take different lookouts and report observations.


Year of completion:  January 2017
 Advisor : Prof. C.V. Jawahar

Related Publications

  • Digvijay Singh, Vineeth Balasubramanian, C. V. Jawahar - Fine-Tuning Human Pose Estimations in Videos Proceedings of the IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision(WACV), 2016. [PDF]

  • Nataraj Jammalamadaka, Ayush Minocha, Digvijay Singh and C V Jawahar - Parsing Clothes in Unrestricted Images Proceedings of the 24th British Machine Vision Conference, 09-13 Sep. 2013, Bristol, UK. [PDF]