Semi-supervised body parsing and pose estimation for enhancing infant general movement assessment

Haomiao Ni, Yuan Xue, Liya Ma, Qian Zhang, Xiaoye Li, Sharon X. Huang

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General movement assessment (GMA) of infant movement videos (IMVs) is an effective method for early detection of cerebral palsy (CP) in infants. We demonstrate in this paper that end-to-end trainable neural networks for image sequence recognition can be applied to achieve good results in GMA, and more importantly, augmenting raw video with infant body parsing and pose estimation information can significantly improve performance. To solve the problem of efficiently utilizing partially labeled IMVs for body parsing, we propose a semi-supervised model, termed SiamParseNet (SPN), which consists of two branches, one for intra-frame body parts segmentation and another for inter-frame label propagation. During training, the two branches are jointly trained by alternating between using input pairs of only labeled frames and input of both labeled and unlabeled frames. We also investigate training data augmentation by proposing a factorized video generative adversarial network (FVGAN) to synthesize novel labeled frames for training. FVGAN decouples foreground and background generation which allows for generating multiple labeled frames from one real labeled frame. When testing, we employ a multi-source inference mechanism, where the final result for a test frame is either obtained via the segmentation branch or via propagation from a nearby key frame. We conduct extensive experiments for body parsing using SPN on two infant movement video datasets; on these partially labeled IMVs, we show that SPN coupled with FVGAN achieves state-of-the-art performance. We further demonstrate that our proposed SPN can be easily adapted to the infant pose estimation task with superior performance. Last but not least, we explore the clinical application of our method for GMA. We collected a new clinical IMV dataset with GMA annotations, and our experiments show that our SPN models for body parsing and pose estimation trained on the first two datasets generalize well to the new clinical dataset and their results can significantly boost the convolutional recurrent neural network (CRNN) based GMA prediction performance when combined with raw video inputs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102654
JournalMedical Image Analysis
StatePublished - Jan 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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