Automatic analysis of naturalistic hand-over-face gestures
Automatic Detection of Naturalistic Hand-over-Face Gesture Descriptors
ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems
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Mahmoud, M., Baltrušaitis, T., & Robinson, P. (2014). Automatic analysis of naturalistic hand-over-face gestures. ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, 319-326. https://doi.org/10.1145/2663204.2663258
One of the main factors that limit the accuracy of facial analysis systems is hand occlusion. As the face becomes occluded, facial features are either lost, corrupted or erroneously detected. Hand-over-face occlusions are considered not only very common but also very challenging to handle. However, there is empirical evidence that some of these hand-over-face gestures serve as cues for recognition of cognitive mental states. In this paper, we present an analysis of automatic detection and classification of hand-over-face gestures. We detect hand-over-face occlusions and classify hand-over-face gesture descriptors in videos of natural expressions using multi-modal fusion of different state-of-the-art spatial and spatio-temporal features. We show experimentally that we can successfully detect face occlusions with an accuracy of 83%. We also demonstrate that we can classify gesture descriptors (hand shape, hand action and facial region occluded) significantly better than a naïve baseline. Our detailed quantitative analysis sheds some light on the challenges of automatic classification of hand-over-face gestures in natural expressions.
face touches, gestures, spatio-temporal features
The research leading to these results has received partial funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement number 289021 (ASC-Inclusion). We would like also to thank Yousef Jameel and Qualcomm for providing funding as well.
EC FP7 CP (289021)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2663204.2663258
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/250519