Thesis: Developing a Dynamic Sensor-Body Attachment Model for Inertial Data Synthesis

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A commonly known problem with accelerometers, inertial sensors or other measurement systems based on sensors attached to the skin are signal distortions or artefacts caused by vibration of the skin and soft tissues. To accurately measure acceleration/angular velocity during movement, invasive methods would be needed to attach the sensor to the bone, which is hardly ethical and also painful for the participants. Therefore, previous work simulated a direct link between the sensor and the body to synthesise sensor data from biomechanical models. Consequently, obtained results must be considered as ideal sensor data. To account for non-direct sensor-body attachment, a basic motion noise model was used for quantitative analysis of soft tissue attachment. However, muscle and other soft tissue or clothing effects require additional assumptions for the attachment model.


The thesis aims to systematically analyse existing dynamic sensor-body attachment models for the use of inertial sensor data synthesis in motion tasks and to implement a suitable model based on this analysis.


Project typeBA/MA Thesis
LanguageEnglish/ German
PeriodSummer term 2022
Presence timeVirtual, mostly working from remote, depending on the needs
Useful knowledgePython programming, Anatomy & Biomechanics
Work distribution70% programming, 30% theory
StudOn linkN/A
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Up-to-date literature recommendations are provided during the meetings.


Final presentation and final report.


Lena Uhlenberg

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