As part of their research under the Dynamic Project Management (DPM) group, PhD candidates Joon Oh Seo and SangUk Han with UROP student Drew Nikolai used the Motion Capture system to study the ergonomics and biomechanics of climbing a ladder. The team, advised by Professor SangHyun Lee, is analyzing the movements of construction workers to identify behaviors that may lead to injury or undue stress on the body. Using MoCap the team can collect data on joint movement, and by using the Kinect they can collect depth information. By comparing the two data sets of Nikolai climbing and descending the ladder, Seo and Han can compare accuracy, and potentially use the Kinects to collect information at actual construction sites.
By Josephine Keenan