Articulation-invariant representation of non-planar shapes

Raghuraman Gopalan, Pavan Turaga, Rama Chellappa

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Given a set of points corresponding to a 2D projection of a non-planar shape, we would like to obtain a representation invariant to articulations (under no self-occlusions). It is a challenging problem since we need to account for the changes in 2D shape due to 3D articulations, viewpoint variations, as well as the varying effects of imaging process on different regions of the shape due to its non-planarity. By modeling an articulating shape as a combination of approximate convex parts connected by non-convex junctions, we propose to preserve distances between a pair of points by (i) estimating the parts of the shape through approximate convex decomposition, by introducing a robust measure of convexity and (ii) performing part-wise affine normalization by assuming a weak perspective camera model, and then relating the points using the inner distance which is insensitive to planar articulations. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our representation on a dataset with non-planar articulations, and on standard shape retrieval datasets like MPEG-7.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision, ECCV 2010 - 11th European Conference on Computer Vision, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
EditionPART 3
ISBN (Print)364215557X, 9783642155574
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2010 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: Sep 10 2010Sep 11 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 3
Volume6313 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2010
CityHeraklion, Crete


  • Shape representation
  • articulations
  • convex decomposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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