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M.I.T Media Laboratory Perceptual Computing Section Technical Report No. 353

published in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence July 1997, vol 19, no 7, pp. 780-785 Pfinder: Real-Time Tracking of the Human Body

Christopher Wren, Ali Azarbayejani, Trevor Darrell, Alex Pentland
MIT Media Laboratory Preceptual Computing Section
20 Ames Street; Cambridge MA 02139 USA
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Pfinder is a real-time system for tracking people and interpreting thier behavior. It runs at 10Hz on a standard SGI Indy computer, and has performed reliably on thousands of people in many different physical locations. The system uses a multi-class statistical model of color and shape to obtain a 2-D representation of head and hands in a wide range of viewing conditions. Pfinder has been successfully used in a wide range of applications including wireless interfaces, video databases, and low-bandwidth coding.

Christopher R. Wren
Tue Feb 24 22:06:47 EST 1998