A survey on model based approaches for 2D and 3D visual human pose recovery

Sensors (Basel). 2014 Mar 3;14(3):4189-210. doi: 10.3390/s140304189.


Human Pose Recovery has been studied in the field of Computer Vision for the last 40 years. Several approaches have been reported, and significant improvements have been obtained in both data representation and model design. However, the problem of Human Pose Recovery in uncontrolled environments is far from being solved. In this paper, we define a general taxonomy to group model based approaches for Human Pose Recovery, which is composed of five main modules: appearance, viewpoint, spatial relations, temporal consistence, and behavior. Subsequently, a methodological comparison is performed following the proposed taxonomy, evaluating current SoA approaches in the aforementioned five group categories. As a result of this comparison, we discuss the main advantages and drawbacks of the reviewed literature.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Data Collection*
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional*
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Posture / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology*