Hand-tremor frequency estimation in videos

Silvia L. Pintea*, Jian Zheng, Xilin Li, Paulina J.M. Bank, Jacobus J. van Hilten, Jan C. van Gemert

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We focus on the problem of estimating human hand-tremor frequency from input RGB video data. Estimating tremors from video is important for non-invasive monitoring, analyzing and diagnosing patients suffering from motor-disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. We consider two approaches for hand-tremor frequency estimation: (a) a Lagrangian approach where we detect the hand at every frame in the video, and estimate the tremor frequency along the trajectory; and (b) an Eulerian approach where we first localize the hand, we subsequently remove the large motion along the movement trajectory of the hand, and we use the video information over time encoded as intensity values or phase information to estimate the tremor frequency. We estimate hand tremors on a new human tremor dataset, TIM-Tremor, containing static tasks as well as a multitude of more dynamic tasks, involving larger motion of the hands. The dataset has 55 tremor patient recordings together with: associated ground truth accelerometer data from the most affected hand, RGB video data, and aligned depth data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision
Subtitle of host publicationECCV 2018 Workshops, Proceedings
EditorsLaura Leal-Taixé, Stefan Roth
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages16
EditionPart VI
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-11024-6
ISBN (Print)978-303011023-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 8 Sept 201814 Sept 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11134 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018


  • Eulerian hand tremors
  • Human tremor dataset
  • Phase-based tremor frequency detection
  • Video hand-tremor analysis


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