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Bachelor and Master Theses
Sitting Behavior during Office Work [VERSTECKT]
Bakk-/Masterarbeit vom 13. December 2013; offen

Problem definition, Approach:

  • Identify/categorize patterns of sitting behavior
    • number of different persons using the chair?
    • for one person: how long did he/she work a certain day
    • how long sitting on the chair, absent, what activity?
  • Sitting posture database (~300GB data), 
    • MySQL, 1 month, pressure + webcam images, accelerometer
  • Methodical analysis of pressure images (MATLAB+tools, etc.)
    • PCA, LDA, SOM, OSFM, feature vecture identifaction, etc.

Expected outcome:

  • Framework for attention analysis, activity recognition
  • "Attentional sitting", implicit application control


  • Good knowledge/interest in Statistics, Mathematics
  • Programming skills
    • development of a user interface (in Matlab or standalone) to "play with data"
  • Good command of English (understanding of related work; Thesis is preferred written in English)
  • Typesetting using LaTeX (--> Miktex, TeXnicCenter) + BibTeX (-->Jabref)

Time schedule:

  • Start: flexible, as of now
  • Estimated completion date: within 12 months

Further information:


[Schindler2008] Konrad Schindler, Luc Van Gool, Beatrice de Gelder. Recognizing emotions expressed by body pose: A biologically inspired neural model, Neural Networks, 2008, pp. 20.
[Mota2002] Selena Mota. Automated Posture Analysis for Detecting Learners Affetcive State, Master thesis, MIT, 2002.
[Gunes2005] Hatice Gunes and Massimo Piccardi, Affect Recognition from Face and Body: Early Fusion vs. Late Fusion, in: Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2005 IEEE International Conference on pp.7, 2005.