Finding Kinematic Structure in Time Series Volume Data

Tomoyuki Mukasa, Shohei Nobuhara, Atsuto Maki, Takashi Matsuyama


This paper presents a new scheme for acquiring 3D kinematic structure and motion from time series
volume data. Our basic strategy is to first represent the shape structure of the target in each frame by Reeb
graph which we compute by using geodesic distance of target’s surface, and then estimate the kinematic
structure of the target which is consistent with these shape structures. Although the shape structures can be
very different from frame to frame, we propose to derive a unique kinematic structure by way of clustering
some nodes of graph, based on the fact that they are partly coherent to a certain extent of time series. Once
we acquire a unique kinematic structure, we fit it to other Reeb graphs in the remaining frames, and describe
the motion throughout the entire time series. The only assumption we make is that human body can be
approximated by an articulated body with certain numbers of end-points and branches. We demonstrate the
efficacy of the proposed scheme through some experiments.
Key Words: Vision-Based Motion Capture, Video and Image Sequence Analysis, Reeb graph, Motion Tracking and Analysis.


Vision-Based Motion Capture; Video and Image Sequence Analysis; Reeb graph; Motion Tracking and Analysis

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