Monday , July 16 2018

Clustering-based Human Locomotion Parameters for
Motion Type Classification

Ramona LUCA
Institute of Computer Science, Romanian Academy Iasi Branch,
2 T. Codrescu Street, Iassy 700481, Romania
ramona.luca@iit.academiaromana-is.ro

Abstract: The paper proposes a classification method of human locomotion types from video sequences based on motion parameters clustering. A set of motion parameters is semi-automatically extracted from training video sequences that contain three different types of movement: walking, jogging and running. The motion parameters (postural, frequential, and cinematic) are stored in a relational database and statistic parameters such as minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation are computed. Then a K-means clustering is applied on all the statistic parameters combinations and the results are evaluated using the purity measure to determine most significant parameters to be used in classification. Because the number of training video sequences is reduced, the proposed method may be used as a model of classification only. The automatic determination of movement parameters will increase the data collection size and real testing of the classification method.

Keywords: human locomotion, video analysis, ontology, K-means.

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Ramona LUCA,
Clustering-based Human Locomotion Parameters for Motion Type Classification, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 25(3), pp. 353-362, 2016.

1. Introduction

Applications in various fields such as video games [4], dance education [18], [19], sports [3], medicine (mainly rehabilitation) [11], [21], self-driving cars and robotics [5], [6], [10], and security [1] require an improved understanding and representation of human locomotion.

Various types of human activities are categorized in: gestures, actions, interactions, and group activities [1]. Gestures are elementary movements of a body part, for example “waiving hand”. Complex activities composed from multiple gestures organized temporally are actions. Some examples of human actions are walking, running, jumping. Interaction is a human activity that involves two or more persons and/or objects. Group activities are activities that involve a group of persons and/or objects. The movements of body parts at joints are mainly rotational and take place in three reference planes: sagittal, frontal and transversal. These movements are flexion and extension (frontal axis), abduction and adduction (sagittal axis), medial and lateral (transverse axis).

Walking is a human action in which one foot touchdown is followed by the touchdown of the other foot in a continuous pattern [3]. One of the differences between walking and running is that in the running cycle for a period of time both feet are in the air [7]. Jogging is a form of running at a slower pace [15].

The type of human locomotion may be indicative for the type of activity, intentions, attitudes, circumstances perceived – e.g., dangers, and mood of the person. Consequently, the fast detection of the type and specifics of the locomotion may indicate dangerous situations, among others.

The analysis of the human movement is qualitative and quantitative. While the qualitative analysis of human movement is a non-numerically analysis and describes human actions as patterns, the quantitative analysis requires a large amount of measurements of the parameters which describe the human action and a computer to perform numerical calculation [3].

Human locomotion represents a complex kinematics, with all the body parts participating, involving a large degree of freedom. In [17], [18] and [19] the authors have proposed semantics of the human movement. A semantic representation of human motion in combination with a motion recognition algorithm for digital human simulation is presented in [16].

The combined use of fuzzy logic and complex dynamics has been advocated by several groups, for example [8], [9], [22], including in representing and classification of human movements [9], [21].

This article follows the track established by the papers [12], [13], [23]. Compared to those preliminary papers and to the literature, this article brings the following contributions: a complete statistical characterization of the movement, with the related database, including all angles between the relevant body parts, the derivation of the membership functions based on the statistics, the automatic clustering of the movement sequences in view of objective determination of the membership functions related to a more detailed analysis of the dynamics, and detection of abnormal movements applications, with relevance in the medical and security fields.

Throughout the paper, the main parameters of the human locomotion, as established in the literature, for example in [24], are taken into account. This study follows the same path by analyzing basic human locomotion and proposing a fuzzy ontology of it, based on video analysis.

The paper organization is as follows. Section 2 presents the video database and the method used to determine the parameters of the locomotion. In Section 3 a K-means algorithm was applied on extracted parameters. In the fourth section are presented the experimental results and the last section concludes the paper.

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https://doi.org/10.24846/v25i3y201609