Prof. Wei Tech Ang
Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Topic: Data-driven Markerless Motion Capture System for Clinical Applications
Movement assessments in clinical settings are typically performed by clinicians based on observations and simple motion measurement instruments. High precision motion capture (mocap) systems that based on infrared cameras and reflective markers are widely used in the entertainment industry and sports science domain, but it is never adopted as a standard measurement method in clinical movement assessment, because of its labour-intensive workflow. This talk introduces a Markerless Motion Capture system which uses regular video cameras and eliminates the need for reflective markers on the human body. The current prototype has achieved the accuracy level of a high-grade commercial mocap system by a novel machine learning algorithm with automatic data postprocessing, hence making the system affordable and suitable to be used in clinical workflow.
Prof. ANG Wei Tech graduated with a PhD degree in Robotics from the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA in 2004, and M.Eng. and B.Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 1999 and 1997 respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, NTU, and concurrently as the Executive Director of the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore, a joint collaboration by NTU, A*STAR and National Healthcare Group.
Prof. ANG’s research focuses on robotics technology for biomedical applications, which include surgery, cell micromanipulation, rehabilitation and assistive technology. His work has been well funded, published and cited, and resulted in several inventions licensed to the industry and spin-off companies.