Motion History Histograms for Human Action Recognition

Hongying Meng, Nick Pears, Michael Freeman, Chris Bailey, Branislav Kisacanin (Editor), Shuvra S. Bhattacharyya (Editor), Sek Chai (Editor)

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In this chapter, a compact human action recognition system is presented with a view to applications in security systems, human-computer interaction, and intelligent environments. There are three main contributions: Firstly, the framework of an embedded human action recognition system based on a support vector machine (SVM) classifier and some compact motion features has been presented. Secondly, the limitations of the well-known motion history image (MHI) are addressed and a new motion history histograms (MHH) feature is introduced to represent the motion information in the video. MHH not only provides rich motion information, but also remains computationally inexpensive. We combine MHI and MHH into a low-dimensional feature vector for the system and achieve improved performance in human action recognition over comparable methods that use tracking-free temporal template motion representations. Finally, a simple system based on SVM and MHI has been implemented on a reconfigurable embedded computer vision architecture for real-time gesture recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbedded Computer Vision
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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NameAdvances in Pattern Recognition
PublisherSpringer London

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