Topographic Feature Mapping for Head Pose Estimation with Application to Facial Gesture Interfaces

  • Bisser Raytchev
  • Ikushi Yoda
  • Katsuhiko Sakaue
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3766)


We propose a new general approach to the problem of head pose estimation, based on semi-supervised low-dimensional topographic feature mapping. We show how several recently proposed nonlinear manifold learning methods can be applied in this general framework, and additionally, we present a new algorithm, IsoScale, which combines the best aspects of some of the other methods. The efficacy of the proposed approach is illustrated both on a view- and illumination-varied face database, and in a real-world human-computer interface application, as head pose based facial-gesture interface for automatic wheelchair navigation.


Training Sample Singular Value Decomposition Geodesic Distance Locality Preserve Projection Radial Basis Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bisser Raytchev
    • 1
  • Ikushi Yoda
    • 1
  • Katsuhiko Sakaue
    • 1
  1. 1.Intelligent Systems InstituteNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)Tsukuba, IbarakiJapan

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