Snapture - A Novel Neural Architecture for Combined Static and Dynamic Hand Gesture Recognition

arxiv doi: 10.48550/arXiv.2205.15862 - May 2022
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As robots are expected to get more involved in people's everyday lives, frameworks that enable intuitive user interfaces are in demand. Hand gesture recognition systems provide a natural way of communication and, thus, are an integral part of seamless Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Recent years have witnessed an immense evolution of computational models powered by deep learning. However, state-of-the-art models fall short in expanding across different gesture domains, such as emblems and co-speech. In this paper, we propose a novel hybrid hand gesture recognition system. Our architecture enables learning both static and dynamic gestures: by capturing a so-called "snapshot" of the gesture performance at its peak, we integrate the hand pose along with the dynamic movement. Moreover, we present a method for analyzing the motion profile of a gesture to uncover its dynamic characteristics and which allows regulating a static channel based on the amount of motion. Our evaluation demonstrates the superiority of our approach on two gesture benchmarks compared to a CNNLSTM baseline. We also provide an analysis on a gesture class basis that unveils the potential of our Snapture architecture for performance improvements. Thanks to its modular implementation, our framework allows the integration of other multimodal data like facial expressions and head tracking, which are important cues in HRI scenarios, into one architecture. Thus, our work contributes both to gesture recognition research and machine learning applications for non-verbal communication with robots.


 	 author =  {Ali, Hassan and Jirak, Doreen and Wermter, Stefan},  
 	 title = {Snapture - A Novel Neural Architecture for Combined Static and Dynamic Hand Gesture Recognition}, 
 	 journal = {arxiv},
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 	 year = {2022},
 	 month = {May},
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 	 doi = {10.48550/arXiv.2205.15862},