Dynamic feature for an effective elbow-joint angle estimation based on electromyography signals

Triwiyanto Triwiyanto, Triana Rahmawati, Endro Yulianto, Muhammad Ridha Mak'ruf, Priyambada Cahya Nugraha


Some physical parameters influence the electromyography signal (EMG). when the EMG signal is used to estimate the position of the elbow. An adaptable feature was important to reduce a variation on the parameters. The aim of this paper is to estimate the joint position of the elbow using EMG signal based on a dynamic function. The major contribution of this work is that the method proposed is capable of determining the elbow position using the non-pattern (NPR) recognition (PR) method. A Wilson amplitude (WAMP) which used a dynamic threshold was used to reduce the EMG signal. The dynamic threshold was generated from the root mean square (RMS) processor. With the dynamic threshold, the model could adapt to any variations on the independent variables. In order to confirm this opportunity, this work involved ten healthy male subjects to perform an experimental protocol. After a tuning and calibration process, the mean of RMS error and correlation coefficient are 9.83º±1.69º and 0.98±0.01 for a single cycle of motion, 10.39º±1.82º and 0.97±0.01 for a continuous cycle of motion and 15.19º±1.92º and 0.94±0.02 for the arbitrary gesture. For conclusion, the performance of the prediction did not significantly depend on the varying cycle of gesture (p-value>0.05). This study has confirmed that the success of the non-pattern recognition-based prediction of elbow position is adaptable to any different subjects, loads, and speed of motion.


EMG, Feature extraction, WAMP, Elbow joint angle estimation, Non-pattern recognition

DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijeecs.v19.i1.pp%25p
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