An Ergonomic Evaluation Method Using a Mobile Depth Sensor and Pose Estimation

  • Pedro V. A. de Freitas PUC-Rio
  • Paulo Renato C. Mendes UFMA
  • Antonio José G. Busson PUC-Rio
  • Álan L. V. Guedes PUC-Rio
  • Giovanni Lucca F. da Silva UFMA
  • Anselmo C. de Paiva UFMA
  • Sérgio Colcher PUC-Rio


An ergonomic evaluation is an observation of a person in order to identify musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) caused by prolonged or repeated harmful poses that a person adopts during work tasks. Nowadays, an ergonomist or other health professional perform such evaluations based on a set of posture rules and checklists, which can be subjective and thus lead to erroneous risk classifications. Moreover, this professional usually perform such evaluation in the patient work environment. In order to make those evaluations more objective and concise we propose a evaluation method using a mobile depth sensor. Different from other methods based in fixed depth sensors (e.g. Kinect), our method enable professionals easily perform it in the patient work environment. More precisely, we present an experiment that uses a smartphone from Google’s Tango project and the Ovako Working Posture Analysing System (OWAS) method. To evaluate our approach, we also perform the ergonomic assessment using the Kinect sensor, a device that has a good reliability in the automated ergonomic evaluation. Both evaluations involved a set of 34 poses performed by 3 volunteers and annotated by an ergonomist. The Kinect has achieved accuracy of 57,08% on torso classification, 58,33% for arms and 25,00% for legs positions. While the approach using the mobile depth sensor has achieved 35,41% on torso classification, 93,05% for arms and 66,23% for legs positions on the same set of poses. Although the small sample, the achieved results may indicate that our mobile depth sensor approach can be as viable as methods based fixed depth sensor.
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FREITAS, Pedro V. A. de; MENDES, Paulo Renato C.; BUSSON, Antonio José G.; GUEDES, Álan L. V.; SILVA, Giovanni Lucca F. da; PAIVA, Anselmo C. de; COLCHER, Sérgio. An Ergonomic Evaluation Method Using a Mobile Depth Sensor and Pose Estimation. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE SISTEMAS MULTIMÍDIA E WEB (WEBMEDIA) , 2019, Rio de Janeiro. Anais do XXV Simpósio Brasileiro de Multimídia e Web. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, oct. 2019 . p. 445-452.

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