Kids Pose Project

We are looking to discover and characterize differences in how children and adults make natural and prompted body movements when using whole-body interaction systems such as the Microsoft Kinect. Little is known about how different child motion is from adult motion, and whether the differences will actually impact interaction. We ran the first explicit study of the perception of child motion compared to analogous adult motion and we found that people can generally identify whether a motion was performed by a child or an adult; our findings will be published in an upcoming issues of ACM Transactions on Applied Perception [PDF]. We will use these findings to further investigate differences between child and adult motion and to test existing whole-body trackers and recognizers to determine where improvements are necessary to support young users of whole-body interaction systems. We are working on the project with Eakta Jain at UF.

Check out the full project website!

Pose Publications

Journal Articles

1. Jain, E., Anthony, L., Aloba, A., Castonguay, A., Cuba, I., Shaw, A., and Woodward, J. 2016. Is the motion of a child perceivably different from the motion of an adult? ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, Volume 13, Issue 4, Article 22, July 2016. [PDF]

Refereed Conference Papers

2. Aloba, A., Luc, A., Woodward,J., Dong, Y., Zhang, R., Jain, E., and Anthony, L. 2019. Quantifying Differences between Child and Adult Motion Based on Gait Features. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , Orlando, FL, USA, July 29-31, Pages 385-402. Springer, Cham. [PDF]
3. Aloba, A., Flores, G., Woodward, J., Shaw, A., Castonguay, A., Cuba, I., Dong, Y., Jain, E.and Anthony, L. 2018. Kinder-Gator: The UF Kinect Database of Child and Adult Motion. EUROGRAPHICS Proceedings, Delft, Netherlands, April 16-20, 2018, 4 pages. [PDF]
4. Dong, Y., Paryani, S., Rana, N., Aloba, A., Anthony, L., Jain, E. 2017. Adult2Child: dynamic scaling laws to create child-like motion. MIG’17 , November 8–10, 2017, Barcelona, Spain, pages 1-10. [PDF]

The Team

Aishat Aloba
Dr. Lisa Anthony
Yuzhu Dong (Member from Jain Lab)
Dr. Eakta Jain
Alex Shaw
Julia Woodward
Amanda Castonguay (Former Member)
Isabella Cuba (Former Member from Jain Lab)


This work is partially supported by National Science Foundation Grant Awards #IIS-1552598. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect these agencies’ views.


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