Human Motion Analysis using Inertial Sensors

Title Human Motion Analysis using Inertial Sensors
Summary Compare and evaluate accelerometer and gyroscopes for analyzing human motion in real-world applications.
Keywords inertial sensors, gait
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Prerequisites Background in signal analysis and programming are required. Interest in inertial sensors is a bonus.
Supervisor Siddhartha Khandelwal, Nicholas Wickström
Level Master
Status Open


In recent years, technological advancements in inertial sensors have made them miniature, low-powered, durable, inexpensive and highly mobile leading to the development of ambulatory and wearable systems. These systems are either being used as stand-alone devices or are integrated into smart phones and smart watches in order to collect humans’ motion data from their daily life. While many algorithms that assess this motion data have been developed from accelerometers, others have been developed using gyroscopes. However, it remains to be investigated which of the two is more appropriate for real-world applications.

Project Description:

The goal of this project is to collect accelerometer and gyroscope data from real-world experiments and implement state of the art algorithms on the collected signals. The results shall be compared and evaluated to present which is the better sensor for real-world applications. As this is a highly active research area right now, there is a high probability of this project leading to a research publication in a reputed conference or journal.

Activity Plan:

The suggested project could be specified in the following work packages:

WP1 Collecting human motion data in indoor and outdoor environments.

WP2 Implementing state of the art algorithms on the collected data.

WP3 Comparing, evaluating and presenting the results.