Finding people and animals by guided assembly

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This paper describes a new representation for people and animals, called a body plan. The representation is an organized collection of grouping hints obtained from constraints on color, texture, shape, and geometrical relations. Body plans can be learned from image data, using established statistical learning techniques. Body plans are well adapted to segmentation and recognition in complex environments, such as the huge libraries of digitized images now becoming widely available. Two specific applications of body plans are presented: an algorithm that determines whether an image depicts a scantily clad human and an algorithm that learns and uses a body plan to find pictures of horses. Both algorithms demonstrate excellent performance on large, poorly controlled input data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Image Processing
PublisherIEEE Comp Soc
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Image Processing. Part 2 (of 3) - Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Duration: Oct 26 1997Oct 29 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Image Processing. Part 2 (of 3)
CitySanta Barbara, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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