Spatial Information Enhances Myoelectric Control Performance with Only Two Channels
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Automatic gesture recognition (AGR) is investigated as an effortless human-machine interaction method, potentially applied in many industrial sectors. When using surface electromyogram (sEMG) for AGR, i.e. myoelectric control, a minimum of four EMG channels are required. However, in practical applications, fewer number of electrodes is always preferred, particularly for mobile and wearable applications. No published research focused on how to improve the performance of a myoelectric system with only two sEMG channels. In this study, we presented a systematic investigation to fill this gap. Specifically, we demonstrated that through spatial filtering and electrode position optimization, the myoelectric control performance was significantly improved (p < 0.05) and similar to that with four electrodes. Further, we found a significant correlation between offline and online performance metrics in the two-channel system, indicating that offline performance was transferable to online performance, highly relevant for algorithm development for sEMG-based AGR applications.
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Jiayuan He, Xinjun Sheng, Xiangyang Zhu, Chaozhe Jiang, Ning Jiang (2018). Spatial Information Enhances Myoelectric Control Performance with Only Two Channels. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/13808