Human body tracking using EM based on a 2-D articulated body model

Yu Huang, Thomas S. Huang

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Visual tracking of human body movement is a key technology in a number of areas, such as visual surveillance and monitoring. We present a 2-D model-based method of human body tracking from a monocular video sequence. Morris and Rehg put forward a 2-D scaled prismatic model(SPM) for figure registration which has far fewer singularity problems than 3-D models. Here we extend it in a 2-D cardboard human body model with additional one DOF of width change. Based on this modified 2-D model rather than 3-D model in Bregler and Malik's work, we also set up a mixture motion model for body movements and then solve motion parameters of the articulated body using EM in a statistical framework, where the model-based kinematic constraints are incorporated in a linear form. Tracking results from real video sequences are encouraging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-344
Number of pages13
JournalZidonghua Xuebao/Acta Automatica Sinica
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2003


  • 2-D articulated motion
  • Body tracking
  • Expectation-maximization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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