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Motion capture 3-day training workshop: Different toolboxes and approaches across labs and fields

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Introduction and application of Toolboxes, demonstrations and a discussion on synchronization of data.

  • Pedagogical Workshop
When Apr 15, 2019 09:30 AM to
Apr 17, 2019 04:30 PM
Where A832, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West.
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 Motion capture workshop


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Motion capture is used nowadays in a multitude of contexts, in music, sports, gaming, etc.  Although the analysis tools created in different fields and countries may vary according to the research needs, they also share many commonalities. This 3-day workshop is meant for various researchers from varied communities to share tools and discuss challenges and solutions of common interest. 

The first day will be mainly dedicated to the introduction of a Mocap Toolbox developed by the research team at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Day 2 will include demonstration of tools that apply to ‘MoCap in the field techniques’ with Frédéric Marin from the Laboratoire biomécanique et bioingénierie (BMBI) de l’Université de Technologies de Compiègne, France. Day 3 will focus on discussions on synchronization of data and measurements with motion capture as well as discussion on the development of a mocap data repository through multiple communities.
*Please note that experience with Matlab programming is recommended but not essential. However, to get the most out of the workshop, especially on Day 1, participants are encouraged to bring laptops that have Matlab installed in it.
A common motion capture data set that contains a variety of music-related movements will be accessible to participants a few days before the start of the workshop. During the workshop, participants can experiment with the various functions or inquire about their own data specifically.
Please see the following links to download an article about the toolbox and the toolbox itself:


Coffee and tea will be provided on all days of the event.
Day 1
  • 9:30-12:00 - Exploring the MoCap Toolbox
  • 13:30-16:30 - Advanced features, external analyses and challenges
Please note that in order to fully benefit from this day's activities it is recommended that participants bring a laptop with Matlab installed in it.

Day 2
  • 9:30-12:00 - Application of the MoCap Toolbox by the participants to shared (or personal) data
  • 13:30-16:30 - Analytic tools and 'MoCap in the field' techniques
Day 3
  • 9:30-12:00 - Synchronization of data/pilot study on piano mocap project
  • 12:00-13:30 - Lunch will be provided to participants
  • 13:30-16:30 - Session devoted to data sharing and exchanges between labs
For a detailed schedule, please see the following document on Google Docs: MoCap Schedule
*Please note that this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change in the next few days.


  • Marc Thompson and Birgitta Burger - University of Jyväskylä
  • Frédéric Marin - l'Université de Technologies de Compiègne
  • Morris Levy, Dept. of Applied Human Sciences, University of Minnesota, Duluth
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