Lending A Hand: Detecting Hands and Recognizing Activities in Complex Egocentric Interactions

Sven Bambach, Stefan Lee, David J. Crandall, Chen Yu; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015, pp. 1949-1957

Abstract


Hands appear very often in egocentric video, and their appearance and pose give important cues about what people are doing and what they are paying attention to. But existing work in hand detection has made strong assumptions that work well in only simple scenarios, such as with limited interaction with other people or in lab settings. We develop methods to locate and distinguish between hands in egocentric video using strong appearance models with Convolutional Neural Networks, and introduce a simple candidate region generation approach that outperforms existing techniques at a fraction of the computational cost. We show how these high-quality bounding boxes can be used to create accurate pixelwise hand regions, and as an application, we investigate the extent to which hand segmentation alone can distinguish between different activities. We evaluate these techniques on a new dataset of 48 first-person videos (along with pixel-level ground truth for over 15,000 hand instances) of people interacting in realistic environments.

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@InProceedings{Bambach_2015_ICCV,
author = {Bambach, Sven and Lee, Stefan and Crandall, David J. and Yu, Chen},
title = {Lending A Hand: Detecting Hands and Recognizing Activities in Complex Egocentric Interactions},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2015}
}