FuryExplorer: Visual-Interactive Exploration of Horse Motion Capture Data

Nils Wilhelm, Anna Vögele, Rebeka Zsoldos, Theresia Licka, Björn Krüger, and Jürgen Bernard
In proceedings of Visualization and Data Analysis (VDA 2015), Feb. 2015
 

Abstract

The analysis of equine motion has a long tradition in the past of human mankind. Equine biomechanics aims at detecting characteristics of horses indicative of good performance. Especially, veterinary medicine gait analysis plays an important role in diagnostics and in the emerging research of long-term effects of athletic exercises. More recently, the incorporation of motion capture technology contributed to an easier and faster analysis, with a trend from mere observation of horses towards the analysis of multivariate time-oriented data. However, due to the novelty of this topic being raised within an interdisciplinary context, there is yet a lack of visual-interactive interfaces to facilitate time series data analysis and information discourse for the veterinary and biomechanics communities. In this design study, we bring visual analytics technology into the respective domains, which, to our best knowledge, was never approached before. Based on requirements developed in the domain characterization phase, we present a visual-interactive system for the exploration of horse motion data. The system provides multiple views which enable domain experts to explore frequent poses and motions, but also to drill down to interesting subsets, possibly containing unexpected patterns. We show the applicability of the system in two exploratory use cases, one on the comparison of different gait motions, and one on the analysis of lameness recovery. Finally, we present the results of a summative user study conducted in the environment of the domain experts. The overall outcome was a significant improvement in effectiveness and efficiency in the analytical workflow of the domain experts.

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@INPROCEEDINGS{wilhelm2015a,
     author = {Wilhelm, Nils and V{\"o}gele, Anna and Zsoldos, Rebeka and Licka, Theresia and Kr{\"u}ger, Bj{\"o}rn and
               Bernard, J{\"u}rgen},
      title = {FuryExplorer: Visual-Interactive Exploration of Horse Motion Capture Data},
  booktitle = {Visualization and Data Analysis (VDA 2015)},
       year = {2015},
      month = feb,
   abstract = {The analysis of equine motion has a long tradition in the past of human mankind. Equine biomechanics
               aims at detecting characteristics of horses indicative of good performance. Especially, veterinary
               medicine gait analysis plays an important role in diagnostics and in the emerging research of
               long-term effects of athletic exercises. More recently, the incorporation of motion capture
               technology contributed to an easier and faster analysis, with a trend from mere observation of
               horses towards the analysis of multivariate time-oriented data. However, due to the novelty of this
               topic being raised within an interdisciplinary context, there is yet a lack of visual-interactive
               interfaces to facilitate time series data analysis and information discourse for the veterinary and
               biomechanics communities.
               In this design study, we bring visual analytics technology into the respective domains, which, to
               our best knowledge, was never approached before. Based on requirements developed in the domain
               characterization phase, we present a visual-interactive system for the exploration of horse motion
               data.
               The system provides multiple views which enable domain experts to explore frequent poses and
               motions, but also to drill down to interesting subsets, possibly containing unexpected patterns.
               We show the applicability of the system in two exploratory use cases, one on the comparison of
               different gait motions, and one on the analysis of lameness recovery.
               Finally, we present the results of a summative user study conducted in the environment of the domain
               experts. The overall outcome was a significant improvement in effectiveness and efficiency in the
               analytical workflow of the domain experts.}
}