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Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

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We consider the application of Few-Shot Learning (FSL) and dimensionality reduction to the problem of human motion recognition (HMR). The structure of human motion has unique characteristics such as its dynamic and high-dimensional nature. Recent research on human motion recognition uses deep neural networks with multiple layers. Most importantly, large datasets will need to be collected to use such networks to analyze human motion. This process is both time-consuming and expensive since a large motion capture database must be collected and labeled. Despite significant progress having been made in human motion recognition, state-of-the-art algorithms still misclassify actions because of characteristics such as the difficulty in obtaining large-scale leveled human motion datasets. To address these limitations, we use metric-based FSL methods that use small-size data in conjunction with dimensionality reduction. We also propose a modified dimensionality reduction scheme based on the preservation of secants tailored to arbitrary useful distances, such as the geodesic distance learned by ISOMAP. We provide multiple experimental results that demonstrate improvements in human motion classification.


First Advisor

Marco F. Duarte

Second Advisor

Mario Parente

Third Advisor

Hossein Pishro-Nik

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.