Calculating Reachable Workspace Volume for Use in Quantitative Medicine

  • Robert Peter MatthewEmail author
  • Gregorij Kurillo
  • Jay J. Han
  • Ruzena Bajcsy
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8927)


Quantitative measures of the space an individual can reach is essential for tracking the progression of a disease and the effects of therapeutic intervention. The reachable workspace can be used to track an individuals’ ability to perform activities of daily living, such as feeding and grooming. There are few methods for quantifying upper limb performance, none of which are able to generate a reachable workspace volume from motion capture data. We introduce a method to estimate the reachable workspace volume for an individual by capturing their observed joint limits using a low cost depth camera. This method is then tested on seven individuals with varying upper limb performance. Based on these initial trials, we found that the reachable workspace volume decreased as muscular impairment increased. This shows the potential for this method to be used as a quantitative clinical assessment tool.


Kinect Muscular dystrophy Functional workspace Rehabilitation Assessment Diagnosis Goniometry Skeletal modelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Peter Matthew
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gregorij Kurillo
    • 1
  • Jay J. Han
    • 2
  • Ruzena Bajcsy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationUniversity of CaliforniaDavis, SacramentoUSA

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