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  1. Alashhab, S.; Gallego, A.J.; Lozano, M.Į.
    "Efficient gesture recognition for the assistance of visually impaired people using multi-head neural networks"
    Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, vol. 114, pp. 105188 (2022)
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    Existing research for the assistance of visually impaired people mainly focus on solving a single task (such as reading a text or detecting an obstacle), hence forcing the user to switch applications to perform other actions. This paper proposes an interactive system for mobile devices controlled by hand gestures that allow the user to control the device and use several assistance tools by making simple static and dynamic hand gestures (e.g., pointing a finger at an object will show a description of it). The system is based on a multi-head neural network, which initially detects and classifies the gestures, and subsequently, depending on the gesture detected, performs a second stage that carries out the corresponding action. This architecture optimizes the resources required to perform different tasks, it takes advantage of the information obtained from an initial backbone to perform different processes in a second stage. To train and evaluate the system, a dataset with about 40k images was manually compiled and labeled including different types of hand gestures, backgrounds (indoors and outdoors), lighting conditions, etc. This dataset contains synthetic gestures (whose objective is to pre-train the system to improve the results) and real images captured using different mobile phones. The comparison made with nearly 50 state-of-the-art methods shows competitive results as regards the different actions performed by the system, such as the accuracy of classification and localization of gestures, or the generation of descriptions for objects and scenes.

@article {
 author = "Alashhab, S.; Gallego, A.J.; Lozano, M.Į.",
 title  = "Efficient gesture recognition for the assistance of visually impaired people using multi-head neural networks",
 issn = "0952-1976",
 journal = "Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence",
 pages = "105188",
 volume = "114",
 year = "2022"
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