Mr Ami Drory

Honorary Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Areas of expertise

  • Biomechanics 110601
  • Computer Vision 080104
  • Biomedical Engineering 0903
  • Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing 0801
  • Biomechanical Engineering 090302
  • Rehabilitation Engineering 090305
  • Biomedical Instrumentation 090303
  • Image Processing 080106

Research interests

My principal research interests lie in developing solutions that enable in-natura markerless motion capture for biomechanical modelling in Biomedical and Sports Engineering. Specifically, I am interested in the reconstruction of person-specific human pose, kinematics, and surface geometry to enhance our understanding of the non-linear behaviour of human motion, musculoskeletal injury and disease and enable modelling of soft-tissue dynamics. I specialise in translational applied research to develop innovative, highly accurate and tailored deployable evidence-based decision support tools for optimising sporting performance, diagnosis and treatment, improved neuromotor disorder identification using mobility degeneration classification models, and unimpeded patient monitoring of postural control, ambulatory activities and assisted living.

Biomedical Engineering

  • Dvelopment of automated diagnosis and monitoring systems for quantification of Dyskinesia in patients with Parkinson's Disease from image sequences
  • Estimation of pose and surface geometry in general movement assessment of infants with high risk of Cerebral Palsy using convolutional neural network approach
  • Development of motor function classification models for the evaluation of rehabilitation outcomes efficacy in stroke patients

Sports Engineering

  • Markerless pose estimation
  • Automated event detection
  • Surface geometry estimation of cyclists for minimisation of aerodynamic drag
  • Human-instrument interface design for kayaking
  • Activity recognition and motion tracking using convolutional neural networks
  • On-water boat instrumentation for rowing and kayakin


Ami Drory is a senior research fellow at the National Facility for Human-Robot Interaction Research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. He is currently working on using markerless pose estimation techniques to quantify vigilance of critical mission operators with Australian Defense. He earned a PhD in Engineering and Computer Science under Richard Hartley and Hongdong Li at one of the world's leading computer vision labs at the Australian National University (ANU). Through this work he developed techniques for markerless pose and surface geometry estimation, activity recognition and tracking for biomechanics applications. Prior to joining the University of New South Wales, he was an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham UK. Beforehand he held a Biomedical Engineering research fellow at the Centre for Bionic Medicine at the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University US, where he undertook research in assistive technology and using wearable sensors, computer vision and machine learning techniques to make clinical predictions and diagnostics in rehabilitation. Previously, he also held a five year biomechanist position with the Australian Institute of Sport tasked with improving the performance of Australian national athletes in preparation for the Olympics and World championships. In this role, he led research projects that include venue instrumentation, musculoskeletal testing, windtunnel testing and person-equipment interface design. Earlier, he researched the use of IMU-based sensor networks for motion capture at the University of Sydney with Professor Richard Smith.

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