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This paper presents a novel approach to human body posture recognition based on the MPEG-7 contour-based shape descriptor and the widely used projection histogram. A combination of them was used to recognize the main posture and the view of a human based on the binary object mask obtained by the segmentation process. The recognition is treated as a typical pattern recognition task and is carried out through a hierarchy of classifiers. Therefore various structures both hierachical anddoi:10.1117/12.526666 dblp:conf/vcip/GoldmannKS04 fatcat:yn4njhpd7ja3tncn2sjdz26b34