Nitin. M. Kulkarni

Work place: Fergusson College , Pune



Research Interests: Image Processing, Image Manipulation, Image Compression, Embedded System, Computer systems and computational processes


N.M.Kulkarni, male, is Vice Principal & Head, Department of Electronic Science, at the Fergusson College Pune. He received his M.Sc. degree in 1986 and Ph.D. degree in 1994. He has more than 105 research papers at national and international level. His research include wireless sensor network, image processing, and Embedded systems.

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Hand Gesture Interface based on Skin Detection Technique for Automotive Infotainment System

By Anand G Buddhikot Nitin. M. Kulkarni Arvind.D. Shaligram

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Feb. 2018

The infotainment systems are acquiring wide popularity in automotive domain. These systems are manually operated and require physical contact for interaction. In the present scenario the consumers are demanding a smart phone like experience from the vehicle’s console unit. Thus, there is a wide scope for enhancing the mode of interaction and introducing a touch less interface system. The gesture interface approach is a new possibility in this domain. In this method the skin detection plays an important role in segmenting hand region. There are various approaches for hand detection based on skin region identification. The fundamental challenge in skin detection lies in various factors such as illumination, background, camera characteristics, and ethnicity. The gesture detection in automotive environment is further challenging task due to significant impact of wide variation in light, continuous changing background and hindrance caused by vehicle movement. In the present work, design of hand gesture interface for rear seat passenger is discussed. The interface is developed to interact with media player application of infotainment system based on efficient skin detection technique. The objectives of work include study of various skin color modeling, analysis of combination of color spaces, study of hand feature extraction and recognition techniques, design of lab setup for experimentation, implementing gesture interface to access media player application of an infotainment system. The developed prototype lab set up is used for analyzing the skin classifiers and designing a Hi-Vi skin classifier. Further, a user friendly interface is developed using Hi-Vi algorithm with multimode interface features. The evaluation of developed system shows high TPR and low FPR. 

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