Upper limb joint angle tracking with inertial sensors.

Mahmoud El-Gohary, Lars Holmstrom, Jessie Huisinga, Edward King, James McNames, Fay Horak

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Abstract

Wearable inertial systems have recently been used to track human movement in and outside of the laboratory. Continuous monitoring of human movement can provide valuable information relevant to individual's level of physical activity and functional ability. Traditionally, orientation has been calculated by integrating the angular velocity from gyroscopes. However, a small drift in the measured velocity leads to large integration errors that grow with time. To compensate for that drift, complementary data from accelerometers are normally fused into the tracking systems using the Kalman or extended Kalman filter (EKF). In this study, we combine kinematic models designed for control of robotic arms with the unscented Kalman filter (UKF) to continuously estimate the angles of human shoulder and elbow using two wearable sensors. This methodology can easily be generalized to track other human joints. We validate the method with an optical motion tracking system and demonstrate correlation consistently greater than 0.9 between the two systems.

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Robotic arms
Gyroscopes
Extended Kalman filters
Angular velocity
Accelerometers
Upper Extremity
Kalman filters
Kinematics
Joints
Monitoring
Sensors
Robotics
Elbow
Biomechanical Phenomena
Wearable sensors

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

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Upper limb joint angle tracking with inertial sensors. / El-Gohary, Mahmoud; Holmstrom, Lars; Huisinga, Jessie; King, Edward; McNames, James; Horak, Fay.

In: Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, Vol. 2011, 2011, p. 5629-5632.

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