Automatic Video-based Motion Analysis

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CA06C
Agency Tracking Number: 115304
Amount: $860,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: X15.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 500, Greenbelt, MD, 20770-1423
DUNS: 094078958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ashwin Thangali
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 864-0636
 Ashwin.thangali@vecna.com
Business Contact
 Alan Vail
Title: Deputy General Counsel
Phone: (617) 674-8247
Email: avail@vecna.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Understanding task performance and crew behavioral health is crucial to mission success and to the optimal design, development, and operation of next-generation spacecraft. Onboard resources, like a conventional 2D video camera, can capture crew motion and interaction; however, there is a critical need for a software tool that achieves unobtrusive, non-invasive, automatic analysis of crew activity from this footage. The proposed automatic video-based motion analysis software (AVIMA) supports this R&D effort by automatically processing and analyzing complex human motions in conventional 2D video without the use of specialized markers. Unlike many video analytics solutions, AVIMA goes beyond simple blob-based video analysis by tracking the geometric configuration of human body parts like the trunk, head, and limbs. This tracking enables human motion understanding algorithms to model and recognize complex human actions and interactions. The resulting system will represent a substantial breakthrough providing benefits to an array of applications in video surveillance, human-computer interaction, human factors engineering, and robotics.

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