Abstract : This paper presents a novel approach to estimate the human pose from a body-scanned point cloud. To do so, a predefined skeleton model is first initialized according to both the skeleton base point and its torso limb obtained by Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Then, the body parts are iteratively clustered and the skeleton limb fitting is performed, based on Expectation Maximization (EM). The human pose is given by the location of each skeletal node in the fitted skeleton model. Experimental results show the ability of the method to estimate the human pose from multiple point cloud video sequences representing the external surface of a scanned human body; being robust, precise and handling large portions of missing data due to occlusions, acquisition hindrances or registration inaccuracies.