Human Pose Estimation Using Global and Local Normalization

Ke Sun, Cuiling Lan, Junliang Xing, Wenjun Zeng, Dong Liu, Jingdong Wang; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 5599-5607

Abstract


In this paper, we address the problem of estimating the positions of human joints, i.e., articulated pose estimation. Recent state-of-the-art solutions model two key issues, joint detection and spatial configuration refinement, together using convolutional neural networks. Our work mainly focuses on spatial configuration refinement by reducing variations of human poses statistically, which is motivated by the observation that the scattered distribution of the relative locations of joints (e.g., the left wrist is distributed nearly uniformly in a circular area around the left shoulder) makes the learning of convolutional spatial models hard. We present a two-stage normalization scheme, human body normalization and limb normalization, to make the distribution of the relative joint locations compact, resulting in easier learning of convolutional spatial models and more accurate pose estimation. In addition, our empirical results show that incorporating multi-scale supervision and multi-scale fusion into the joint detection network is beneficial. Experiment results demonstrate that our method consistently outperforms state-of-the-art methods on the benchmarks.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Sun_2017_ICCV,
author = {Sun, Ke and Lan, Cuiling and Xing, Junliang and Zeng, Wenjun and Liu, Dong and Wang, Jingdong},
title = {Human Pose Estimation Using Global and Local Normalization},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}
}