Evaluation of an anthropometric shape model of the human scalp

Daniël Lacko, Toon Huysmans, Paul M. Parizel, Guido De Bruyne, Stijn Verwulgen, Marc M. Van Hulle, Jan Sijbers

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This paper presents the evaluation a 3D shape model of the human head. A statistical shape model of the head is created from a set of 100 MRI scans. The ability of the shape model to predict new head shapes is evaluated by considering the prediction error distributions. The effect of using intuitive anthropometric measurements as parameters is examined and the sensitivity to measurement errors is determined. Using all anthropometric measurements, the average prediction error is 1.60±0.36mm, which shows the feasibility of the new parameters. The most sensitive measurement is the ear height, the least sensitive is the arc length. Finally, two applications of the anthropometric shape model are considered: the study of the male and female population and the design of a brain-computer interface headset. The results show that an anthropometric shape model can be a valuable tool for both research and design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-85
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


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