Image courtesy of the Shadow Robot Company

Antennas and Radios for Localisation and Tele-control

Motion capture is being studied in many areas such as animation, health care, sport science, robotic tele-operation and human computer interaction. Currently, research on motion capture is mainly focused on activity detection and gesture recognition for relatively simple tasks. Few projects have attempted to provide the full body motion capture abilities required for biomechanical analysis, particularly during clinical motion analysis, physical rehabilitation and athlete training. In physiotherapy, motion capture systems allow continuous and accurate monitoring of physical activities, providing all important parameters of movement in order to evaluate the effectiveness of any exercises. The monitoring of athletes in sports such as athletics, gymnastics, golf, tennis and football, can provide detailed information to enhance athletic performance and reduce possible injury. However, the extra complexity inherent in full body movement capture has prevented cutting-edge systems being sufficient to fulfil these professional needs.

Ultra-wideband For Body Motion Capture and Sports Localisation Applications

Attempting to overcome the technological difficulties associated with inertial tracking, the Antennas group is very active on research projects related to new techniques to enable the development of a wireless full body motion capture system based purely on ultra wideband (UWB) electromagnetic transceivers/sensors arranged in a mesh or star network topology.

 

LocalisationSport.png

 

 

The Antennas Group has teamed up with many industrial partners some through Innovate UK and others through research contracts to tackle challenges associated with localisation and monitoring of human subjects and also associated objects in healthcare and sports performance monitoring setting. The partnerships explore how to read the motion of a human, and transfer this into commands for a robot, also how to capture objects in stadium and exercise settings and in hospital environments. with greater precision and reliability than existing methods.

 

Localisation1.png

Localisation2.png

Selected Research Grants and Projects

Selected Recent Publications