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Stochastic Meta-Descent for Tracking Articulated Structures

M.Bray, E. Koller-Meier, N.N. Schraudolph and L. Van Gool
IEEE Workshop on Articulated and Nonrigid Motion (ANM04)
Washington D.C., June 2004


Recently, an optimization approach for fast visual tracking of articulated structures based on Stochastic Meta-Descent (SMD) has been presented. SMD is a gradient descent with local step size adaptation that combines rapid convergence with excellent scalability. Stochastic sampling helps to avoid local minima in the optimization process. We have extended the SMD algorithm with new features for fast and accurate tracking by adapting the different step sizes between as well as within video frames and by introducing a robust likelihood function which incorporates both depths and surface orientations. A realistic deformable hand model reinforces the accuracy of our tracker. The advantages of the resulting tracker over state-of-the-art methods are corroborated through experiments.

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  author = {M.Bray and E. Koller-Meier and N.N. Schraudolph and L. Van Gool},
  title = {Stochastic Meta-Descent for Tracking Articulated Structures},
  booktitle = {IEEE Workshop on Articulated and Nonrigid Motion (ANM04)},
  year = {2004},
  month = {June},
  keywords = {Stochastic optimization, hand tracking, depth maps, SMD, deformable hand model}