Header logo is

Nonrigid Structure from Motion in Trajectory Space


Conference Paper


Existing approaches to nonrigid structure from motion assume that the instantaneous 3D shape of a deforming object is a linear combination of basis shapes, which have to be estimated anew for each video sequence. In contrast, we propose that the evolving 3D structure be described by a linear combination of basis trajectories. The principal advantage of this approach is that we do not need to estimate any basis vectors during computation. We show that generic bases over trajectories, such as the Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) basis, can be used to compactly describe most real motions. This results in a significant reduction in unknowns, and corresponding stability in estimation. We report empirical performance, quantitatively using motion capture data, and qualitatively on several video sequences exhibiting nonrigid motions including piece-wise rigid motion, partially nonrigid motion (such as a facial expression), and highly nonrigid motion (such as a person dancing).

Author(s): Akhter, Ijaz and Sheikh, Yaser and Khan, Sohaib and Kanade,Takeo
Book Title: Neural Information Processing Systems
Volume: 1
Number (issue): 2
Pages: 41-48
Year: 2008

Department(s): Perceiving Systems
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)
Paper Type: Conference

Links: pdf
project page


  title = {Nonrigid Structure from Motion in Trajectory Space},
  author = {Akhter, Ijaz and Sheikh, Yaser and Khan, Sohaib and Kanade, Takeo},
  booktitle = {Neural Information Processing Systems},
  volume = {1},
  number = {2},
  pages = {41-48},
  year = {2008}