Automatic Joint Parameter Estimation from Magnetic Motion Capture Data

James F. O'Brien, Bobby Bodenheimer, Gabriel Brostow, and Jessica K. Hodgins


This paper describes a technique for using magnetic motion capture data to determine the joint parameters of an articulated hierarchy. This technique makes it possible to determine the limb lengths, joint locations, and sensor placement for a human subject without external measurements. Instead, the joint parameters are inferred with high accuracy from the motion data acquired during the capture session. The parameters are computed by performing a linear least squares fit of a revolute joint model to the input data. A hierarchical structure can also be determined in situations where the topology of the articulated model is not known. We present the results of running the algorithm on human motion capture data, as well as validation results obtained with data from a simulation and a wooden linkage of known dimensions.

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