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Measuring the Effectiveness of User Interventions in Improving the Seated Posture of Computer Users

Authors: 

Paul Duffy, Alan Smeaton

Publication Type: 
Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
Abstract: 
Extended periods of time sitting in front of a computer give rise to risks of developing musculoskeletal disorders. In the workplace, computer use contributes considerably to employee injury and results in significant costs to the employer in terms of sick leave and injury claims. Due to these risks there has been significant research into the areas of posture classification and subject intervention to improve posture in an office environment. The KinectTMhas been shown to be a suitable hard- ware platform for posture classification. This paper presents a system for posture classification and novel subject intervention that leverages each of three distinct forms of persuasive computing and explores the success of each type. Our results show significant improvement in posture results from the most effective of our intervention types.
Proceedings: 
Evolving Ambient Intelligence. Communications in Computer and Information Science Volume 413
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.1007/978-3-319-04406-4_2
Publication Date: 
03/12/2013
Volume: 
213
Pages: 
pp 3-12
Conference Location: 
Ireland
Research Group: 
Institution: 
Dublin City University (DCU)
Open access repository: 
Yes