Pixel-level Hand Detection in Ego-Centric Videos

Kris M. Kitani and Cheng Li
Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, June, 2013.

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We address the task of pixel-level hand detection in the context of ego-centric cameras. Extracting hand regions in ego-centric videos is a critical step for understanding hand- object manipulation and analyzing hand-eye coordination. However, in contrast to traditional applications of hand de- tection, such as gesture interfaces or sign-language recog- nition, ego-centric videos present new challenges such as rapid changes in illuminations, significant camera motion and complex hand-object manipulations. To quantify the challenges and performance in this new domain, we present a fully labeled indoor/outdoor ego-centric hand detection benchmark dataset containing over 200 million labeled pix- els, which contains hand images taken under various illu- mination conditions. Using both our dataset and a pub- licly available ego-centric indoors dataset, we give exten- sive analysis of detection performance using a wide range of local appearance features. Our analysis highlights the effectiveness of sparse features and the importance of mod- eling global illumination. We propose a modeling strategy based on our findings and show that our model outperforms several baseline approaches.

First-person vision, hand detection

Sponsor: NSF QoLT
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Quality of Life Technology Center

Text Reference
Kris M. Kitani and Cheng Li, "Pixel-level Hand Detection in Ego-Centric Videos," Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, June, 2013.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Kris M Kitani and Cheng Li",
   title = "Pixel-level Hand Detection in Ego-Centric Videos",
   booktitle = "Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition",
   month = "June",
   year = "2013",