The Visual Computer

, Volume 24, Issue 11, pp 963–972 | Cite as

Estimation of mechanical parameters of deformable solids from videos

  • Cédric SyllebranqueEmail author
  • Samuel Boivin
Original Article


In this paper, we present a new method to estimate the mechanical parameters of soft bodies directly from videos of solids getting deformed under external user action. Our method requires one standard camera, a deformable solid made of homogeneous material, and a regular light source. We make estimations using an inverse method based on a quasi-static FEM simulation and a visual error metric. The result is a set of two parameters, the Young modulus and the Poisson ratio, that can be used for more complex simulations, or force feedback applications like virtual surgery, for example. We also present a new device for capturing the external forces applied on the deformable solids.


Identification Inverse mechanic Video comparison metrics Force capture device Soft tissue simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INRIA, ALCOVE projectLilleFrance

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