Motion capture experiments for validating optimization-based human models

Aimee Cloutier, Robyn Boothby, Jingzhou Yang

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Optimization-based digital human model research has gained significant momentum among various human models. Any task can be formulated to an optimization problem, and the model can predict not only postures but also motions. However, these optimization-based digital human models need validation using experiments. The motion capture system is one of the ways to validate predicted results. This paper summarizes the progress of motion capture experiment efforts at the Human-Centric Design Research (HCDR) Laboratory at Texas Tech University. An eight-camera motion capture system has been set up in our research lab. Marker placement protocols have been developed where markers are placed on the subjects to highlight bony landmarks and identify segments between joints in line with previously identified guidelines and suggestions in literature. A posture reconstruction algorithm has been developed to map joint angles from motion capture experiments to digital human models. Various studies have been conducted in the lab involving motion capture experiments for jumping, standing and seated reach, and pregnant women's walking, sit to standing, seated reach, and reach with external loads. The results showed that the posture reconstruction algorithm is useful and accurate to transfer motion capture experiment data to joint angles. Marker placement protocol is reliable to capture all joints. The main task of the motion caption system is to validate all optimization-based digital human models developed by other research members at the HCDR Lab.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Human Modeling - Third International Conference, ICDHM 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011, Proceedings
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011
Event3rd International Conference on Digital Human Modeling, ICDHM 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2011Jul 14 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6777 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference3rd International Conference on Digital Human Modeling, ICDHM 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Digital human models
  • motion capture
  • validation


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