Fujitsu and the International Gymnastics Federation launch AI-powered Fujitsu Judging Support System for use in competition for all 10 apparatuses

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Fujitsu and the International Gymnastics Federation launch AI-powered Fujitsu Judging Support System for use in competition for all 10 apparatuses
Fujitsu and the International Gymnastics Federation launch AI-powered Fujitsu Judging Support System for use in competition for all 10 apparatuses

Partners aim for greater fairness in judging, drawing on Fujitsu’s unique Human Motion Analytics technology.

Lausanne, Switzerland, and Tokyo, Japan, October 6, 2023 (JCN Newswire): Fujitsu Limited and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) today marked a major milestone in their ongoing collaboration with the successful completion of joint development and the official introduction of the Judging Support System (JSS) for all 10 apparatuses (1) in competition at the 52nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, held from September 30th to October 8th, 2023.

Fujitsu and FIG have replaced the previous JSS approach, which relied on sensors, with an advanced AI solution that uses camera-based image analysis to achieve greater fairness, accuracy, and comprehensive judging support to optimise support for the evaluation of performances. By utilising Fujitsu’s unique AI technologies, the system delivers substantial improvements in processing speed, allowing judges to analyse gymnasts’ performances with unprecedented precision and detail, with the ability to capture the complex movements of gymnasts in near real-time.

The introduction of the completed system for competition coincides with Fujitsu’s plans to launch its Human Motion Analytics platform in April 2024 to aid in the training of gymnasts as part of its vision for Fujitsu Uvance, which delivers innovative solutions that address business challenges and solve societal issues. The new solution integrates the advanced AI technology and image analysis know-how gathered through the JSS project to address a wide range of customer challenges in industries including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and entertainment.

The official launch of the AI-powered Judging Support System marks a major milestone in our years-long collaboration.

In recent years, the skills of gymnasts have become more complex and sophisticated, in line with the evolution of athletes’ training and gymnastics equipment. FIG and Fujitsu have been developing the JSS since 2017 to further improve the integrity of the sport by resolving challenges in judging and ensuring fairness and transparency in evaluating performances. Since 2019, they have been developing the system’s use in FIG competitions, including the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

The Judging Support System will be available for the FIG member federations to use as part of their training programmes, providing an assessment of athlete ability and mastery of elements during training periods. FIG and Fujitsu will also work together on a global basis to provide TV broadcasters with analytics and visual enhancement contents based on data generated by the system and engaging content for viewers worldwide. Feedback from the JSS will be incorporated into future FIG guidelines to assist judges in their evaluations.

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Image of Judging Support System screen

Appendix: Human Motion Analytics Overview and Features

Fujitsu’s Human Motion Analytics (HMA) is a data analysis platform based on the world’s most advanced high-precision posture recognition technology developed through the Judging Support System adopted by FIG. The technology uses a unique correction algorithm that greatly reduces the jitter (estimation error) of posture recognition through deep learning technology, which has been a persistent challenge in image analysis. This makes it possible to generate large amounts of training data for various environments, taking into account factors like the brightness of the venue and the colours of the auditorium and equipment. The technology also features so-called 4-Dimension Capture technology, which analyses human movement in four dimensions (three dimensions as well as time) and recognises actions as a series of connected movements rather than a pose captured at any given moment. With these innovations, even complex and fast movements such as those seen in gymnastics can be consistently identified with high accuracy.

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Figure 1. Correction algorithm

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Figure 2. Learning Data Generated by Photoreal Technology

Fujitsu has independently defined over 100 basic motions to enable rapid delivery of these technologies to various manufacturing and retail sites.

Ultimately, Fujitsu envisions that the technology developed for HMA will not only contribute to the optimisation of various fields but will eventually empower its users to help solve societal challenges through creativity and innovation.

Growing possibilities with real-world use cases

Beyond possible applications in the field of sports, HMA offers potential use cases in areas as varied as entertainment, the development of preventive medicine and exercise rehabilitation therapy in the field of healthcare, applications to improve the customer service experience in the retail sector, and improvement of on-the-job training and skill-sharing, as well as safety for workers in the manufacturing sector.

Application Examples

Entertainment Realisation of new video experiences using 3D data from athletes, improvement of movement in form evaluation, possible utilisation in game and animation production

Healthcare Working with experts to visualise correct movements to develop preventive care and exercise therapy and to support users to continue exercising

Retail and manufacturing Using ergonomics and other video analysis to enhance safety, reduce burden on workers, and enhance training and skill sharing for workers

[1] All 10 apparatuses: Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Men’s Vault and Women’s Vault, Balance Beam, Horizontal Bar, Uneven Bars, Parallel Bars, Men’s Floor Exercise, and Women’s Floor Exercise Related Links Fujitsu’s Judging Support System Fujitsu Uvance Presentation material for the FIG and Fujitsu joint press conference

Held on October 5th, 2023, at 18:00 (CET) in Antwerp, Belgium

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