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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 786749, 14 pages
Review Article

Modeling for Deformable Body and Motion Analysis: A Review

1School of Electronic and Optical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, 200 Xiao Ling Wei, Nanjing 210094, China
2Information Technology Research Center, China Electronics Standardization Institute, No. 1 Andingmen East Street, Beijing 100007, China
3National Key Laboratory for Digital Multimedia Chip Technology, Vimicro Corporation, Beijing 100191, China
4College of Computer Science & Technology, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310023, China

Received 5 December 2012; Revised 26 January 2013; Accepted 26 January 2013

Academic Editor: Carlo Cattani

Copyright © 2013 Hailang Pan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper surveys the modeling methods for deformable human body and motion analysis in the recent 30 years. First, elementary knowledge of human expression and modeling is introduced. Then, typical human modeling technologies, including 2D model, 3D surface model, and geometry-based, physics-based, and anatomy-based approaches, and model-based motion analysis are summarized. Characteristics of these technologies are analyzed. The technology accumulation in the field is outlined for an overview.