Model Recommendation with Virtual Probes for Egocentric Hand Detection

Cheng Li, Kris M. Kitani; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013, pp. 2624-2631


Egocentric cameras can be used to benefit such tasks as analyzing fine motor skills, recognizing gestures and learning about hand-object manipulation. To enable such technology, we believe that the hands must detected on the pixellevel to gain important information about the shape of the hands and fingers. We show that the problem of pixel-wise hand detection can be effectively solved, by posing the problem as a model recommendation task. As such, the goal of a recommendation system is to recommend the n-best hand detectors based on the probe set a small amount of labeled data from the test distribution. This requirement of a probe set is a serious limitation in many applications, such as ego-centric hand detection, where the test distribution may be continually changing. To address this limitation, we propose the use of virtual probes which can be automatically extracted from the test distribution. The key idea is that many features, such as the color distribution or relative performance between two detectors, can be used as a proxy to the probe set. In our experiments we show that the recommendation paradigm is well-equipped to handle complex changes in the appearance of the hands in firstperson vision. In particular, we show how our system is able to generalize to new scenarios by testing our model across multiple users.

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author = {Li, Cheng and Kitani, Kris M.},
title = {Model Recommendation with Virtual Probes for Egocentric Hand Detection},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2013}