RAK Campuses’ Applied Research Team Shares Motion Findings at ICECTA 2017

3 years

The Sensor Research Group from the HCT Ras Al Khaimah campuses recently presented two research papers at the International Conference on Electrical and Computing Technologies and Applications, 2017 (ICECTA’2017), held at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) on November 21-23.

The two papers, entitled “Motion Capturing of Biomechanical Systems in Traditional Dance using IMU Sensors” and “Motion Segmentation of the Greenside Bunker Shot for Training and Coaching Purposes”, were presented by the Sensor Research Group from the Applied Research Lab at the RAK Campuses. The two papers were presented by the sensor research, and the articles will be published in the IEEE Xplore digital library.

The group members, including Dr. Lanka Udawatta, Josefa Wivou, Simon Hissem and Bryan Daniels, were pleased to have the opportunity to present at this IEEE conference.

The timing of the conference was tailor made for the presentation of both papers. The European Challenge Tour came to Ras Al Khaimah for the first time at the Al Hamra Golf Club in late October, providing an excellent backdrop for the presentation related to greenside bunker shots. Meanwhile, the presentation on data capturing of UAE traditional dance generated heightened interest with UAE National Day activities and celebrations beginning in earnest the following week.

One of the papers highlights a scientific approach to capture and analyze biomechanical data of authentic traditional dance motions with the aim to digitally preserve their inherent rhythmic dying features for future training and coaching purposes. The IMU-based sensor setup, designed to capture three-dimensional movement patterns of field experts in the original environment, is employed to capture motion data. The captured velocity data is used to investigate the key hidden features of the dance motions. Results are used to identify and preserve these vital features for future generations.

The team regards the publishing of the papers and the conference presentations as solid achievements for HCT RAK and also hopes to continue their research productivity with the aim to present both in local and international conferences in the near future. They would like to convey their sincere thanks to Dr. Saif Almheiri, the Director of the RAK campuses, Dr. Nathir Alrawashdeh, Dean of Academic Operations, and Taleb Obaid, Senior Manager of Campus Support for their continuous assistance and encouragement in the setup of the Applied Research Lab and associated equipment.