Panoptic Studio: A Massively Multiview System for Social Motion Capture

Hanbyul Joo, Hao Liu, Lei Tan, Lin Gui, Bart Nabbe, Iain Matthews, Takeo Kanade, Shohei Nobuhara, Yaser Sheikh; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015, pp. 3334-3342


We present an approach to capture the 3D structure and motion of a group of people engaged in a social interaction. The core challenges in capturing social interactions are: (1) occlusion is functional and frequent; (2) subtle motion needs to be measured over a space large enough to host a social group; and (3) human appearance and configuration variation is immense. The Panoptic Studio is a system organized around the thesis that social interactions should be measured through the perceptual integration of a large variety of view points. We present a modularized system designed around this principle, consisting of integrated structural, hardware, and software innovations. The system takes, as input, 480 synchronized video streams of multiple people engaged in social activities, and produces, as output, the labeled time-varying 3D structure of anatomical landmarks on individuals in the space. The algorithmic contributions include a hierarchical approach for generating skeletal trajectory proposals, and an optimization framework for skeletal reconstruction with trajectory re-association.

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author = {Joo, Hanbyul and Liu, Hao and Tan, Lei and Gui, Lin and Nabbe, Bart and Matthews, Iain and Kanade, Takeo and Nobuhara, Shohei and Sheikh, Yaser},
title = {Panoptic Studio: A Massively Multiview System for Social Motion Capture},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2015}