MSc Thesis Proposal Announcement of Sonaila Hussain:"A deep learning approach for task recognition and RULA score calculation of industrial workers"

Monday, May 8, 2023 - 11:00 to 12:00


The School of Computer Science is pleased to present…

MSc Thesis Proposal by: Sonaila Hussain

Date: Monday May 8th, 2023
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Essex Hall, Room 122

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Workers in industries such as manufacturing, assembly, and construction often engage in repetitive and various motions, such as lifting heavy objects or performing the same task for a long period of time. Because such activities can increase the risk of various muscular disorders, it is important to help workers choose the best postures when performing their activities. Ergonomics is an important field that aims at designing tools and work environments that promote workers safety and health. Video-based Human Activity Recognition together with Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) method can be used to assess ergonomic risks for workers, by evaluating the physical stresses imposed to the body during work activities.
In this presentation, we propose a deep learning approach for task recognition and RULA score calculation. Our approach uses a revised version of Long-Term Recurrent Convolutional Networks model to classify work activities based on input videos. Then, a separate neural network is employed to estimate the RULA scores for each input activity. We train and evaluate our approach using a dataset of annotated work activities. Our results show that our approach achieves competitive accuracy for task recognition and RULA score estimation, demonstrating the potential of using deep learning for improving ergonomic assessments in the workplace.
Keywords:  Deep learning, RULA, LRCN, Ergonomic tools

MSc Thesis Committee:

Internal Reader: Dr. Imran Ahmad
External Reader: Dr. Eunsik Kim
Advisor: Dr. Boubakeur Boufama

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