Hand Gesture Detection based Real-time American Sign Language Letters Recognition using Support Vector Machine

Jiang, X. and Ahmad, W. (2019) Hand Gesture Detection based Real-time American Sign Language Letters Recognition using Support Vector Machine. In: 4th Cyber Science and Technology Congress (CyberSciTech 2019), Fukuoka, Japan, 5-8 August 2019, pp. 380-385. ISBN 9781728130248 (doi: 10.1109/DASC/PiCom/CBDCom/CyberSciTech.2019.00078)

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Sign language is an indispensable communication means for deaf-mute people because of their hearing impairment. At present, sign language is not a popular communication method among hearing people, so that the majority of the hearing is not willing to have a talk with the deaf-mute, or they have to spend much time and energy trying to figure out what the correct meaning is. Sign Language Recognition (SLR), which aims to translate sign language to people who know few about it in the form of text or speech, can be said to be a great help to deaf-mute and hearing people communicate. In this study, a real-time vision-based static hand gesture recognition system for sign language was developed. All data is collected from a USB camera connected to a computer, and no auxiliary items (such as gloves) were required. The proposed system is based on a skin color algorithm in HSV color space to find the Region of Interest (ROI), where hand gesture is. After completing all pre-processing work, 8 features were extracted from each sample using Principal Component Analysis (PCA). The recognition machine learning approach used was based on Support Vector Machine (SVM). The experimental results show that this system can distinguish B, D, F, L and U, these five American sign language hand gestures, with the success rate of about 99.4%.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ahmad, Dr Wasim
Authors: Jiang, X., and Ahmad, W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
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