Preliminary results for an adaptive pattern recognition system for novel users using a powered lower limb prosthesis

John A. Spanias*, Ann M. Simon, Eric J. Perreault, Levi J. Hargrove

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Abstract

Powered prosthetic legs are capable of improving the gait of lower limb amputees. Pattern recognition systems for these devices allow amputees to transition between different locomotion modes in a way that is seamless and transparent to the user. However, the potential of these systems is diminished because they require large amounts of training data that is burdensome to collect. To reduce the effort required to acquire these data, we developed an adaptive pattern recognition system that automatically learns from subject-specific data as the user is ambulating. We tested our proposed system with two able-bodied subjects ambulating with a powered knee and ankle prosthesis. Each subject initially ambulated with a pattern recognition system that was not trained with any data from that subject (making each subject a novel user). Initially, the pattern recognition system made frequent errors. With the adaptive algorithm, the error rate decreased over time as more subject-specific data were incorporated. When compared to a non-adaptive system, the adaptive system reduced the number of errors by 32.9% [8.6%], mean [standard deviation]. This study demonstrates the potential improvements of an adaptive pattern recognition system over non-adaptive systems presented in prior research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages5083-5086
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781457702204
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 13 2016
Event38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2016Aug 20 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2016-October
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period8/16/168/20/16

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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Spanias, J. A., Simon, A. M., Perreault, E. J., & Hargrove, L. J. (2016). Preliminary results for an adaptive pattern recognition system for novel users using a powered lower limb prosthesis. In 2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016 (pp. 5083-5086). [7591870] (Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS; Vol. 2016-October). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591870