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Visual analysis of the effects of load carriage on gait
Author(s): Michael G. Wittman; James M. Ward; Patrick J. Flynn
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Paper Abstract

As early as the 1970's it was determined that gait, or the "manner of walking" is an identifying feature of a human being. Since then, extensive research has been done in the field of computer vision to determine how accurately a subject can be identified by gait characteristics. This has necessarily led to the study of how various data collection conditions, such as terrain type, varying camera angles, or a carried briefcase, may affect the identifying features of gait. However, little or no research has been done to question whether such conditions may be inferred from gait analysis. For example, is it possible to determine characteristics of the walking surface simply by looking at statistics derived from the subject's gait? The question to be addressed is whether significant concealed weight distributed on the subject's torso can be discovered through analysis of his gait. Individual trends in subjects in response to increasing concealed weight will be explored, with the objective of finding universal trends that would have obvious security purposes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5779, Biometric Technology for Human Identification II, (28 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.602443
Show Author Affiliations
Michael G. Wittman, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
James M. Ward, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Patrick J. Flynn, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5779:
Biometric Technology for Human Identification II
Anil K. Jain; Nalini K. Ratha, Editor(s)

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