Findings About Selecting Body Parts to Analyze Human Activities Through Skeletal Tracking Joint Oriented Devices

  • Carlos Gutiérrez López de la FrancaEmail author
  • Ramón Hervás
  • Esperanza Johnson
  • José Bravo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10069)


Analyzing activities (either static postures or movements) made by a user is a complex process that can be done through a wide range of approaches. One part of these existing approaches support doing the recognition focusing their analysis on specific body parts. In fact, in previous publications a method was introduced for activity recognition (Body-Angles Algorithm) capable of analysing only using a single sample of those activitites and allowing the selection for each activity which are the relevant joints. But being able to analyse the body of the user selecting only a subset of the same, has both advantages and disadvantages. Therefore throughout this article we will expose those disadvantages, the applied solution to mitigate them and the results of an evaluation destined to clear which body parts make it easier to obtain high accuracy rates in recognition. Through this work we aim to give the scientific community lessons learned about the usage of different body areas in the analysis of activity recognition.


Activity recognition Computer vision Body-Angles Algorithm Ubiquitous computing Ambient intelligence Kinect 



This work was conducted in the context of UBIHEALTH project under International Research Staff Exchange Schema (MC-IRSES 316337) and the coordinated project grant TIN2013-47152-C3-1-R (FRASE), funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Gutiérrez López de la Franca
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ramón Hervás
    • 1
  • Esperanza Johnson
    • 1
  • José Bravo
    • 1
  1. 1.Escuela Superior de Informática de Ciudad Real, Laboratorio MamIUniversidad de Castilla-La ManchaCiudad RealSpain

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