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Quadruped locomotion analysis using three-dimensional video

Abdul Jabbar, Khalid; Hansen, Mark F; Smith, Melvyn; Smith, Lyndon


Khalid Abdul Jabbar

Mark Hansen
Associate Professor in Knowledge Exchange & External Engagement

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Melvyn Smith
Research Centre Director Vision Lab/Prof

Lyndon Smith
Professor in Computer Simulation and Machine


Abstract— To date, there has not been a single method
suitable for large-scale or regular-basis implementation to analyze the locomotion of quadruped animals. Existing methods are not sensitive enough for detecting minor deviations from healthy gaits. That is important because these minor deviations could develop into a severe painful lameness condition. We introduce a dynamic novel proxy for early stage lameness by analyzing the height movements from an overhead-view 3D video data. These movements are derived from key regions (e.g. spine, hook joints, and sacroiliac joint). The features to these key regions are automatically tracked using shape index and curvedness threshold from the 3D map. Our system is fully automated, covert and non-intrusive. This directly affects the accuracy of the analysis as we are able to observe the animals without spooking them. We believe that our proposed method could be used on other animals, i.e. predator quadrupeds where human presence is difficult.


Abdul Jabbar, K., Hansen, M. F., Smith, M., & Smith, L. (2016, October). Quadruped locomotion analysis using three-dimensional video. Paper presented at IEEE ICSAE Conference

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name IEEE ICSAE Conference
Start Date Oct 20, 2016
End Date Oct 21, 2016
Acceptance Date Aug 22, 2016
Publication Date Jan 9, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords quadruped locomotion, lameness detection, 3D computer vision
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Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : IEEE ICSAE Conference


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