Image-based center of mass estimation of the human body via 3D shape and kinematic structure

Tomoya Kaichi, Shohei Mori, Hideo Saito, Kosuke Takahashi, Dan Mikami, Mariko Isogawa, Yoshinori Kusachi

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This paper presents a method to estimate a time-sequential trajectory of the center of mass (CoM) of an athlete from a multi-view set of cameras. Collecting the CoM typically requires large-scale measuring systems or attaching sensors to the athletes. To mitigate such hardware limitations, the present study takes a multi-view video-based approach. The proposed method reconstructs subjects’ voxels from a set of multi-view frames and weights each voxel with body part-dependent weights to calculate a CoM. Our results, using real data measured in a studio, showed that the proposed method can estimate CoM within 20 mm concerning center of pressure measures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17
JournalSports Engineering
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec


  • Center of mass
  • Multi-view human pose estimation
  • Multi-view videos
  • Visual hull

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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