A main challenge in the development of robotic rehabilitation devices is how to understand patient's intentions and adapt to his/her current neuro-physiological capabilities. A promising approach is the use of electromyographic (EMG) signals which reflect the actual activation of the muscles during the movement and, thus, are a direct representation of user's movement intention. However, EMGs acquisition is a complex procedure, requiring trained therapists and, therefore, solutions based on EMG signals are not easily integrable in devices for home-rehabilitation. This work investigates the effectiveness of a subject- and task-specific EMG model in estimating EMG signals in cyclic plantar-dorsiflexion movements. Then, the outputs of this model are used to drive CEINMS toolbox, a state-of-the-art EMG-driven neuromusculoskeletal model able to predict joint torques and muscle forces. Preliminary results show that the proposed methodology preserves the accuracy of the estimates values.

Estimating EMG signals to drive neuromusculoskeletal models in cyclic rehabilitation movements

TAGLIAPIETRA, LUCA;VIVIAN, MICHELE;SARTORI, MASSIMO;REGGIANI, MONICA
2015

Abstract

A main challenge in the development of robotic rehabilitation devices is how to understand patient's intentions and adapt to his/her current neuro-physiological capabilities. A promising approach is the use of electromyographic (EMG) signals which reflect the actual activation of the muscles during the movement and, thus, are a direct representation of user's movement intention. However, EMGs acquisition is a complex procedure, requiring trained therapists and, therefore, solutions based on EMG signals are not easily integrable in devices for home-rehabilitation. This work investigates the effectiveness of a subject- and task-specific EMG model in estimating EMG signals in cyclic plantar-dorsiflexion movements. Then, the outputs of this model are used to drive CEINMS toolbox, a state-of-the-art EMG-driven neuromusculoskeletal model able to predict joint torques and muscle forces. Preliminary results show that the proposed methodology preserves the accuracy of the estimates values.
Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
978-142449271-8
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