An Articulating Statistical Shape Model of the Human Hand

  • Jeroen Van HoutteEmail author
  • Kristina Stanković
  • Brian G. Booth
  • Femke Danckaers
  • Véronique Bertrand
  • Frederik Verstreken
  • Jan Sijbers
  • Toon Huysmans
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 780)


This paper presents a registration framework for the construction of a statistical shape model of the human hand in a standard pose. It brings a skeletonized reference model of an individual human hand into correspondence with optical 3D surface scans of hands by sequentially applying articulation-based registration and elastic surface registration. Registered surfaces are then fed into a statistical shape modelling algorithm based on principal component analysis. The model-building technique has been evaluated on a dataset of optical scans from 100 healthy individuals, acquired with a 3dMD scanning system. It is shown that our registration framework provides accurate geometric and anatomical alignment, and that the shape basis of the resulting statistical model provides a compact representation of the specific population. The model also provides insight into the anatomical variation of the lower arm and hand, which is useful information for the design of well-fitting products.


Articulation-model Registration Human hand Statistical shape modelling 



This work was supported by the Research Foundation in Flanders (FWO SB) and the VLAIO PLATO-project. The authors would like to thank Vigo nv, More Institute vzw and Orfit Industries nv for their continued contribution to the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeroen Van Houtte
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristina Stanković
    • 1
  • Brian G. Booth
    • 1
  • Femke Danckaers
    • 1
  • Véronique Bertrand
    • 2
  • Frederik Verstreken
    • 2
  • Jan Sijbers
    • 1
  • Toon Huysmans
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.imec-Vision LabUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Orthopedic DepartmentAZ Monica HospitalAntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.Applied Ergonomics and DesignDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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