Katja Ludwig, Moritz Einfalt, Rainer Lienhart
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This paper presents a model that robustly estimates important flight parameters for ski jumpers during their flight phase based on several camera views from the side along the jumpers' typical flight trajectories. A convolutional neural network for pose estimation, but also trained to detect skis, serves as a base model. It identifies 98.0% of the relevant flight parameters correctly within an angle threshold of 5 degrees, improving by 11.6% over previous work. In postprocessing, a pose checker first removes all wrong poses by using comparisons of distances and relative positions of the detected keypoints. A second step executes two RANSAC variants. One robustly estimates the average pose and another one the average pose angles. This model lifts the detection performance to 99.3% of the relevant flight parameters within a threshold of 5 degrees.