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Timothy A. Brusseau and Ryan D. Burns


Study aim: Two thirds of children are not meeting recommended levels of physical activity. A solution to physical inactivity is Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programming (CSPAP). Little is known regarding the impact of a school’s physical activity leader on CSPAP effectiveness. Therefore, this study explored changes in physical activity accumulated during school hours in CSPAP schools being led by the physical education teacher compared to a stand-alone physical activity leader.

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A. Lekova, D. Ryan and R. Davidrajuh


The paper presents enhancements and innovative solutions of the proposed in [3] algorithms for fingers tracking and hand gesture recognition based on new defined features describing hand gestures and exploiting new-tracked tip and thumb joints from Kinect v2 sensor. Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) algorithm is used for gestures recognition. We increased its accuracy, scale and rotational invariance by defining new 3D featuring angles describing gestures and used for training a gesture database. 3D positions for fingertips are extracted from depth sensor data and used for calculation of featuring angles between vectors. The provided by Kinect v2 3D positions for thumb, tip and hand joints also participates during the phases of recognition. A comparison with the latest published approach for finger tracking has been performed. The feasibility of the algorithms have been proven by real experiments.