Segmentation and modeling of full human body shape from 3-D scan data: A survey

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The recent advances in full human body (HB) imaging technology illustrated by the 3-D human body scanner (HBS), a device delivering full HB shape data, opened up large perspectives for the deployment of this technology in various fields such as the clothing industry, anthropology, and entertainment. However, these advances also brought challenges on how to process and interpret the data delivered by the HBS in order to bridge the gap between this technology and potential applications. This paper presents a literature survey of research work on HBS data segmentation and modeling aiming at overcoming these challenges, and discusses and evaluates different approaches with respect to several requirements.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1122-1136
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part C: Applications and Reviews
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • 3-D human body scanner (HBS)
  • Biomedical imaging
  • HB shape modeling
  • HB shape segmentation
  • Human body (HB) shape capture
  • Shape measurement
  • Three-dimensional displays


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