Stereo vision system for human motion analysis in a rehabilitation context

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Teresa Cristina Terroso
Luís Corte Real
Pedro Miguel Carvalho
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The present demographic trends point to an increase in aged population and chronic diseases which symptoms can be alleviated through rehabilitation. The applicability of passive 3D reconstruction for motion tracking in a rehabilitation context was explored using a stereo camera. The camera was used to acquire depth and color information from which the 3D position of predefined joints was recovered based on: kinematic relationships, anthropometrically feasible lengths and temporal consistency. Finally, a set of quantitative measures were extracted to evaluate the performed rehabilitation exercises. Validation study using data provided by a marker based as ground-truth revealed that our proposal achieved errors within the range of state-of-the-art active markerless systems and visual evaluations done by physical therapists. The obtained results are promising and demonstrate that the developed methodology allows the analysis of human motion for a rehabilitation purpose. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.