Gait-Based Gender Classification Using Persistent Homology

  • Javier Lamar Leon
  • Andrea Cerri
  • Edel Garcia Reyes
  • Rocio Gonzalez Diaz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8259)


In this paper, a topological approach for gait-based gender recognition is presented. First, a stack of human silhouettes, extracted by background subtraction and thresholding, were glued through their gravity centers, forming a 3D digital image I. Second, different filters (i.e. particular orders of the simplices) are applied on ∂ K(I) (a simplicial complex obtained from I) which capture relations among the parts of the human body when walking. Finally, a topological signature is extracted from the persistence diagram according to each filter. The measure cosine is used to give a similarity value between topological signatures. The novelty of the paper is a notion of robustness of the provided method (which is also valid for gait recognition). Three experiments are performed using all human-camera view angles provided in CASIA-B database. The first one evaluates the named topological signature obtaining 98.3% (lateral view) of correct classification rates, for gender identification. The second one shows results for different human-camera distances according to training and test (i.e. training with a human-camera distance and test with a different one). The third one shows that upper body is more discriminative than lower body.


gait-based recognition topology persistent homology gender classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Lamar Leon
    • 1
  • Andrea Cerri
    • 2
  • Edel Garcia Reyes
    • 1
  • Rocio Gonzalez Diaz
    • 3
  1. 1.Patterns Recognition DepartmentAdvanced Technologies Application CenterLa HabanaCuba
  2. 2.IMATI - CNRGenovaItaly
  3. 3.Applied Math Dept., School of Computer Engineering, Campus Reina MercedesUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain

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