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    A Comparative Study of the Clinical use of Motion Analysis from Kinect Skeleton Data

    Maudsley-Barton, Sean, McPheey, Jamie, Bukowski, Anthony, Leightley, Daniel and Yap, Moi Hoon ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7681-4287 (2017) A Comparative Study of the Clinical use of Motion Analysis from Kinect Skeleton Data. In: IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), 05 October 2017 - 08 October 2017, Banff, AB, Canada.


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    The analysis of human motion as a clinical tool can bring many benefits such as the early detection of disease and the monitoring of recovery, so in turn helping people to lead independent lives. However, it is currently under used. Developments in depth cameras, such as Kinect, have opened up the use of motion analysis in settings such as GP surgeries, care homes and private homes. To provide an insight into the use of Kinect in the healthcare domain, we present a review of the current state of the art. We then propose a method that can represent human motions from time-series data of arbitrary length, as a single vector. Finally, we demonstrate the utility of this method by extracting a set of clinically significant features and using them to detect the age related changes in the motions of a set of 54 individuals, with a high degree of certainty (F1- score between 0.9 - 1.0). Indicating its potential application in the detection of a range of age-related motion impairments.

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