Towards better understanding and reducing the effect of limb position on myoelectric upper-limb prostheses

Matthew R. Masters, Ryan J. Smith, Alcimar B. Soares, Nitish V. Thakor

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Abstract

Myoelectric control of prosthetic devices tend to rely on classification schemes of extracted features of EMG data. Those features however, may be sensitive to arm position resulting in decreased performance in real-world applications. The effect of varying limb position in a pattern recognition system have been illustrated by documenting the change in classification accuracy as the user achieves particular limb configurations. We continue to investigate this limb position effect by observing its impact on classification accuracy as well as through an analysis of how each extracted feature of the raw EMG varies in each position. Finally, LDA classification schemes are applied both to demonstrate the effect varying limb position has on classification accuracy and to increase classification accuracy without the use of additional hardware or sensors such as accelerometers as has been done in the past. It is shown that high classification accuracy can be achieved by (1) training an LDA classifier with data from many positions, as well as (2) by utilizing an extra position LDA classifier which can weigh the grasp classifiers appropriately. The classification accuracies achieved by these methods approached that of a model relying on a perfect knowledge of arm position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2577-2580
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781424479290
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2014
Event2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2014Aug 30 2014

Publication series

Name2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014

Other

Other2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period8/26/148/30/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine(all)

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