The article, “Deep Learning based Sign Language Digits Recognition from Thermal Images with Edge Computing System,” has been accepted for publication in the IEEE Sensors Journal.

Daniel S. Breland, Simen B. Skriubakken, Aveen Dayal, Ajit Jha, Phaneendra K. Yalavarthy, and Linga R. Cenkeramaddi, “Deep Learning based Sign Language Digits Recognition from Thermal Images with Edge Computing System,” IEEE Sensors Journal 2021 (in press).

Keywords: Gesture recognition, Cameras, Pins, Integrated circuit modeling, Assistive technology, Three-dimensional displays, Lighting

Abstract: The sign language digits based on hand gestures have been utilized in various applications such as human-computer interaction, robotics, health and medical systems, health assistive technologies, automotive user interfaces, crisis management and disaster relief, entertainment, and contactless communication in smart devices. The color and depth cameras are commonly deployed for hand gesture recognition, but the robust classification of hand gestures under varying illumination is still a challenging task. This work presents the design and deployment of a complete end-to-end edge computing system that can accurately provide the classification of hand gestures captured from thermal images. A thermal dataset of 3200 images was created with each sign language digit having 320 thermal images. The solution presented here utilizes live images taken from a low-resolution thermal camera of 32×32 pixels, feeding into a novel light weight deep learning model based on bottleneck motivated from deep residual learning for classification of hand gestures. The edge computing system presented here utilizes Raspberry pi with a thermal camera making it highly portable. The designed system achieves an accuracy of 99.52% on the test data set with an added advantage of accuracy being invariable to background lighting conditions as it is based on thermal imaging.

More details:DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2021.3061608