We propose a novel skeleton-based approach to gait recognition using our Skeleton Variance Image. The core of our approach consists of employing the screened Poisson equation to construct a family of smooth distance functions associated with a given shape. The screened Poisson distance function approximation nicely absorbs and is relatively stable to shape boundary perturbations which allows us to define a rough shape skeleton. We demonstrate how our Skeleton Variance Image is a powerful gait cycle descriptor leading to a significant improvement over the existing state of the art gait recognition rate.
- Gait recognition