Iterative Action and Pose Recognition
using Global-and-Pose Features and Action-specific Models

Norimichi Ukita


This paper proposes an iterative scheme between human action classification and pose estimation in still images. For initial action classification, we employ global image features that represent a scene (e.g. people, background, and other objects), which can be extracted without any difficult human-region segmentation such as pose estimation. This classification gives us the probability estimates of possible actions in a query image. The probability estimates are used to evaluate the results of pose estimation using action-specific models. The estimated pose is then merged with the global features for action re-classification. This iterative scheme can mutually improve action classification and pose estimation. Experimental results with a public dataset demonstrate the effectiveness of global features for initialization, action-specific models for pose estimation, and action classification with global and pose features.

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