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New website for CAS research project on injury-free exercise

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Prevention of sports injuries

Often when we think of injuries in sports, we think about injuries that happen openly and during big sport events such as the soccer player getting carried off the field holding their knee or road racing cyclists after a fall. We don’t necessarily think of injuries that happen in the gym, injuries that can happen to us. Injuries in fitness are less common than in other types of sport, however, they are the leading cause to stop working out. While good care and proper revalidation are essential for recovery after an injury, the best way to allow people to continue to work out is the prevention of injury in the first place.

Since 2019 VicarVision is involved in the Citius Altius Sanius or CAS project, which aims to prevent injuries in professional and recreational athletes. Alongside PhD students from the TU Delft and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we help to develop feedback systems for strength and fitness training to prevent injuries.

Exercise Injury

EyeReader – Webcam-based Eye Tracking Technology

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Our eyes are our windows to the world. There is more behaviour from the face that gives relevant information other than facial expressions. Our gaze reveals what we are looking at and this often indicates what we find important. The size of our pupil responds to variations of lighting but also to task demands. As part of the MIT EyeReader project together with our partner Noldus, we have researched webcam-based eye tracking and pupil analysis. Standard eye-trackers use infrared cameras to assess these eye metrics and thus require specialized hardware. Eye tracking analysis from a webcam will make the applications a lot more flexible. We will continue developing the technology, but here we describe the validation results of two of the most important components of the successfully completed project.


AI Aid for Bite Sized Debates

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A surprisingly low number of citizens is aware that in the Netherlands both the national and local government broadcast all of their meetings and debates. Even fewer people actually sit down to look at these live or recorded video streams, which is a pity as a majority of the discussions directly affect our daily lives. Therefore, in an attempt to increase participation and bridge the gap between government and citizens, we decided to commit our expertise towards improving the accessibility of these video recordings. Supported with funding from SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research), a government initiative to promote human-centered AI for the public sector, we conducted a 4 month study that finished with a prototype dashboard (see also VITE-A2).

Gemeenteraad Amsterdam

Student project with Emotion Recognition Software for Online Videoconferencing

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Since the pandemic online meetings have become a widespread phenomenon. During these meetings it is difficult to keep track of all nonverbal behaviour. We have used our research software FaceReader to develop a new tool “VICO” to gain Visual Insights for Video Conferencing. By measuring attention, emotional expressions and reactions of the members in the call one can better understand them. This will help optimize online meetings, such as online focus groups. Students from the University of Twente Finn Prinsenberg and Michel Schmale have used the tool in a very interesting design study to help users learn to read the room in an online environment. This is a short reproduction of their project.

Reading the Room

FaceReader 9 Release – Improved Analysis Performance and Possibilities

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We have surpassed the previous version again and are very satisfied with the new FaceReader 9 release. FaceReader 9 has improved deep learning based modelling capabilities for higher quality and faster analysis. It features a completely new project analysis module which will make the analysis of your results much easier. There are also some new features and outputs, such as gaze direction, head position, heart rate variability, and operators in the custom expression module.

FaceReader 9