Seminar/Thesis: 3D modeling of human spine motion from wearables

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Monitoring and quantifying functional motion is essential for many clinical applications and disease pattern e.g., infectious spine diseases. Different measurement techniques ranging from manual assessment over Motion Capturing Systems (MoCap) and inertial measurement units (IMUs) are used to capture, quantify and score the motion. Whereas established MoCap Systems produce relatively easy some form of representation (stick figure) and angle measurements, IMUs work in a different manner, which makes them more complex to visualize and analyze a multi-segment movement.


In this seminar/thesis, we will systematically explore and review 3D modeling techniques/ tools to visualize the spine motion of a standardized human skeleton/stick figure/wire frame, from relative sensor localizations (multiple inertial measurement (IMU) sensors). Depending on the project level (seminar project/BA/MA) the project/thesis will comprise of tool evaluation, to proposing a solution for a working model that allows for personalization.


Project type Seminar/Thesis
ECTS 2.5, 5, 7.5 /10,30
Language English/ German
Period Summer term 2021
Presense time Virtual, working from remote, depending on the needs
Useful knowledge 3D modeling, programming, biomechanics
Work distribution 70% programming and algorithm development, 30% simulation
Med. Eng. designation Advanced Context Recognition (ACR)
StudOn link Please join
First meeting online-introduction-vorbesprechung-of-summer-term-2021-seminars, on 12th April 2021 at 16:15
Registration via StudOn or E-Mail to


Literature recommendations are provided during the meetings. The candidate is further encouraged to research relevant publications on this topic.


Final presentation and final report/thesis


Lena Uhlenberg

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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg