A hull reconstruction–reprojection method for pose estimation of free-flying fruit flies

Roni Maya, Noam Lerner, Omri Ben-Dov, Arion Pons, Tsevi Beatus*

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Understanding the mechanisms of insect flight requires high-quality data of free-flight kinematics, e.g. for comparative studies or genetic screens. Although recent improvements in high-speed videography allow us to acquire large amounts of free-flight data, a significant bottleneck is automatically extracting accurate body and wing kinematics. Here, we present an experimental system and a hull reconstruction–reprojection algorithm for measuring the flight kinematics of fruit flies. The experimental system can automatically record hundreds of flight events per day. Our algorithm resolves a significant portion of the occlusions in this system by a reconstruction–reprojection scheme that integrates information from all cameras. Wing and body kinematics, including wing deformation, are then extracted from the hulls of the wing boundaries and body. This model-free method is fully automatic, accurate and open source, and can be readily adjusted for different camera configurations or insect species.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberjeb245853
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Biolocomotion
  • Drosophila
  • Insect flight
  • Kinematics
  • Motion capture
  • Tracking


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