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Efficient hand orientation and pose estimation for uncalibrated cameras

Asad, M. (2017). Efficient hand orientation and pose estimation for uncalibrated cameras. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


We proposed a staged probabilistic regression method that is capable of learning well from a number of variations within a dataset. The proposed method is based on multi layered Random Forest, where the first layer consisted of a single marginalization weights regressor and second layer contained an ensemble of expert learners. The expert learners are trained in stages, where each stage involved training and adding an expert learner to the intermediate model. After every stage, the intermediate model was evaluated to reveal a latent variable space defining a subset that the model had difficulty in learning from. This subset was used to train the next expert regressor. The posterior probabilities for each training sample were extracted from each expert regressors. These posterior probabilities were then used along with a Kullback-Leibler divergence-based optimization method to estimate the marginalization weights for each regressor. A marginalization weights regressor was trained using CDF and the estimated marginalization weights. We showed the extension of our work for simultaneous hand orientation and pose inference. The proposed method outperformed the state-of-the-art for marginalization of multi-layered Random Forest and hand orientation inference. Furthermore, we show that a method which simultaneously learns from hand orientation and pose outperforms pose classification as it is able to better understand the variations in pose induced due to viewpoint changes.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Doctoral Theses
School of Science & Technology > School of Science & Technology Doctoral Theses
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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