Arbitrary body segmentation in static images

Shifeng Li, Huchuan Lu, Lei Zhang

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In this paper, a novel method for segmenting arbitrary human body in static images is proposed. With the body probability map obtained by the pictorial structure model, we develop a superpixel based EM-like algorithm to refine the map, which can then serve as the seeds of graph cuts optimization. To better obtain the final segmentation, we propose a novel ℓ1based graph cuts algorithm, which uses the sparse coding to construct the initialized graph and calculates the terminal links (t-links) and neighborhood links (n-links) simultaneously from the constructed graph. By employing this ℓ1based graph cuts, we can effectively and efficiently segment the human body from static images. The experiments on the publicly available challenging datasets demonstrate that our method outperforms many state-of-the-art methods on human body segmentation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3402-3413
Number of pages12
JournalPattern Recognition
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012


  • ℓ based graph cuts 1
  • Pictorial structure
  • Superpixel based EM algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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