Recovering Human Body Configurations: Combining Segmentation and Recognition
   Greg Mori, Xiaofeng Ren, Alyosha Efros and Jitendra Malik, in CVPR '04, volume 2, pages 326-333, Washington, DC 2004.


(a) (b) (c)

The goal of this work is to take an image such as the one in Figure~\ref{fig:example}(a), detect a human figure, and localize his joints and limbs (b) along with their associated pixel masks (c). In this work we attempt to tackle this problem in a general setting. The dataset we use is a collection of sports news photographs of baseball players, varying dramatically in pose and clothing. The approach that we take is to use segmentation to guide our recognition algorithm to salient bits of the image. We use this segmentation approach to build limb and torso detectors, the outputs of which are assembled into human figures. We present quantitative results on torso localization, in addition to shortlisted full body configurations.