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An Action Recognition Scheme Using Fuzzy Log-Polar Histogram and Temporal Self-Similarity

  • Samy Sadek1Email author,
  • Ayoub Al-Hamadi1,
  • Bernd Michaelis1 and
  • Usama Sayed2
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20112011:540375

Received: 25 July 2010

Accepted: 8 January 2011

Published: 16 January 2011


Temporal shape variations intuitively appear to provide a good cue for human activity modeling. In this paper, we lay out a novel framework for human action recognition based on fuzzy log-polar histograms and temporal self-similarities. At first, a set of reliable keypoints are extracted from a video clip (i.e., action snippet). The local descriptors characterizing the temporal shape variations of action are then obtained by using the temporal self-similarities defined on the fuzzy log-polar histograms. Finally, the SVM classifier is trained on these features to realize the action recognition model. The proposed method is validated on two popular and publicly available action datasets. The results obtained are quite encouraging and show that an accuracy comparable or superior to that of the state-of-the-art is achievable. Furthermore, the method runs in real time and thus can offer timing guarantees to real-time applications.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Institute for Electronics, Signal Processing and Communications (IESK), Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
Electrical Engineering Department, Assiut University


© Samy Sadek et al. 2011

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