Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California

UC Riverside

UC Riverside Previously Published Works bannerUC Riverside

Optimizing hardware design for Human Action Recognition


Human action recognition (HAR) is an important topic in computer vision having a wide range of applications: health care, assisted living, surveillance, security, gaming, etc. Despite significant amount of work having been conducted in this area in recent years, the execution speed still limits real-time applications. Moreover, it is highly desirable to have the compute-intensive feature extraction stage done right at the output of the camera to extract and transfer only action feature in multi-camera network setting and hence reduce network bandwidth requirement. In this work, we first evaluate the possibility to perform feature extraction under reduced precision fixed-point arithmetic to ease hardware resource requirements. We compared the Histogram of Oriented Gradient in 3D (HOG3D) feature extraction with state-of-the-art Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) methods and shown the later to be 75× slower than the former. Our experiment shows that by re-training the classifier with reduced data precision, the classification performs as well as the original double-precision floating-point. Based on this result, we implement an FPGA-based HAR feature extraction for near camera processing using fixed-point data representation and arithmetic. This implementation, using a single Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA, achieves about 70× speedup over multicore CPU. Furthermore, a GPU implementation of HAR is introduced with 80× speedup over CPU (on an Nvidia Tesla K20). Last but not least, a power comparison is presented for the three platforms.

Many UC-authored scholarly publications are freely available on this site because of the UC's open access policies. Let us know how this access is important for you.

Main Content
For improved accessibility of PDF content, download the file to your device.
Current View