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  • Effects of IMU Sensor-to-Segment Misalignment and Orientation Error on 3-D Knee Joint Angle Estimation IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL Fan, B., Li, Q., Tan, T., Kang, P., Shull, P. B. 2022; 22 (3): 2543-2552
  • Transfer Learning Improves Accelerometer-Based Child Activity Recognition via Subject-Independent Adult-Domain Adaption. IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics Li, J., Kang, P., Tan, T., Shull, P. B. 2021; PP


    Wearable activity recognition can collate the type, intensity, and duration of each childs physical activity profile, which is important for exploring underlying adolescent health mechanisms. Traditional machine-learning-based approaches require large labeled data sets; however, child activity data sets are typically small and insufficient. Thus, we proposed a transfer learning approach that adapts adult-domain data to train a high-fidelity, subject-independent model for child activity recognition. Twenty children and twenty adults wore an accelerometer wristband while performing walking, running, sitting, and rope skipping activities. Activity classification accuracy was determined via the traditional machine learning approach without transfer learning and with the proposed subject-independent transfer learning approach. Results showed that transfer learning increased classification accuracy to 91.4% as compared to 80.6% without transfer learning. These results suggest that subject-independent transfer learning can improve accuracy and potentially reduce the size of the required child data sets to enable physical activity monitoring systems to be adopted more widely, quickly, and economically for children and provide deeper insights into injury prevention and health promotion strategies.

    View details for DOI 10.1109/JBHI.2021.3118717

    View details for PubMedID 34623286

  • Accurate Impact Loading Rate Estimation During Running via a Subject-Independent Convolutional Neural Network Model and Optimal IMU Placement IEEE JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATICS Tan, T., Strout, Z. A., Shull, P. B. 2021; 25 (4): 1215-1222


    Enable accurate estimation of vertical average loading rate (VALR) in runners with one or more wearable inertial measurement units (IMUs).A subject-independent convolutional neural network (CNN) model was developed to estimate VALR from wearable IMUs. Fifteen runners wore IMUs at the trunk, pelvis, thigh, shank, and foot and ran on an instrumented treadmill for combinations of the following conditions: foot-strike (forefoot, mid-foot, rear-foot), step rate (90% to 110% of baseline), running speed (2.4 m/s and 2.8 m/s) and footwear (standard and minimalist running shoes). Thirty-one IMU placement configurations with combinations of one to five IMUs were evaluated. VALR estimations from the wearable IMUs were compared with force-plate VALR measurements.VALR estimations via the subject-independent CNN model with a single shank-worn IMU were highly correlated (ρ = 0.94) with force-plate VALR measurements and were substantially higher than previously reported peak tibial acceleration correlations with force-plate VALR measurements from shank-worn accelerometers (ρ = 0.44-0.66). Correlation results from the CNN model for a single IMU placed at the foot, pelvis, trunk, and thigh were ρ = 0.91, 0.76, 0.69, and 0.65, respectively. There was no improvement in accuracy from the shank-worn IMU when adding 1-4 additional IMUs from the trunk, pelvis, thigh, or foot.The proposed subject-independent CNN model with a single shank-worn IMU provides more accurate estimation of VALR than previous wearable sensing approaches.This could enable runners to more accurately assess impact loading rates and potentially provide insights into running-related injury risk and prevention.

    View details for DOI 10.1109/JBHI.2020.3014963

    View details for Web of Science ID 000638401400031

    View details for PubMedID 32763858

  • Magnetometer-Free, IMU-Based Foot Progression Angle Estimation for Real-Life Walking Conditions IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING Tan, T., Strout, Z. A., Xia, H., Orban, M., Shull, P. B. 2021; 29: 282-289


    Foot progression angle (FPA) is vital in many disease assessment and rehabilitation applications, however previous magneto-IMU-based FPA estimation algorithms can be prone to magnetic distortion and inaccuracies after walking starts and turns. This paper presents a foot-worn IMU-based FPA estimation algorithm comprised of three key components: orientation estimation, acceleration transformation, and FPA estimation via peak foot deceleration. Twelve healthy subjects performed two walking experiments to evaluation IMU algorithm performance. The first experiment aimed to validate the proposed algorithm in continuous straight walking tasks across seven FPA gait patterns (large toe-in, medium toe-in, small toe-in, normal, small toe-out, medium toe-out, and large toe-out). The second experiment was performed to evaluate the proposed FPA algorithm for steps after walking starts and turns. Results showed that FPA estimations from the IMU-based algorithm closely followed marker-based system measurements with an overall mean absolute error of 3.1±1.3 deg, and the estimation results were valid for all steps immediately after walking starts and turns. This work could enable FPA assessment in environments where magnetic distortion is present due to ferrous metal structures and electrical equipment, or in real-life walking conditions when walking starts, stops, and turns commonly occur.

    View details for DOI 10.1109/TNSRE.2020.3047402

    View details for Web of Science ID 000626331500008

    View details for PubMedID 33360997

  • Influence of IMU position and orientation placement errors on ground reaction force estimation JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS Tan, T., Chiasson, D. P., Hu, H., Shull, P. B. 2019; 97: 109416


    Wearable inertial measurement units (IMU) have been proposed to estimate GRF outside of specialized laboratories, however the precise influence of sensor placement error on accuracy is unknown. We investigated the influence of IMU position and orientation placement errors on GRF estimation accuracy.Kinematic data from twelve healthy subjects based on marker trajectories were used to simulate 1848 combinations of sensor position placement errors (range ± 100 mm) and orientation placement errors (range ± 25°) across eight body segments (trunk, pelvis, left/right thighs, left/right shanks, and left/right feet) during normal walking trials for baseline cases when a single sensor was misplaced and for the extreme cases when all sensors were simultaneously misplaced. Three machine learning algorithms were used to estimate GRF for each placement error condition and compared with the no placement error condition to evaluate performance.Position placement errors for a single misplaced IMU reduced vertical GRF (VGRF), medio-lateral GRF (MLGRF), and anterior-posterior GRF (APGRF) estimation accuracy by up to 1.1%, 2.0%, and 0.9%, respectively and for all eight simultaneously misplaced IMUs by up to 4.9%, 6.0%, and 4.3%, respectively. Orientation placement errors for a single misplaced IMU reduced VGRF, MLGRF, and APGRF estimation accuracy by up to 4.8%, 7.3%, and 1.5%, respectively and for all eight simultaneously misplaced IMUs by up to 20.8%, 23.4%, and 12.3%, respectively.IMU sensor misplacement, particularly orientation placement errors, can significantly reduce GRF estimation accuracy and thus measures should be taken to account for placement errors in implementations of GRF estimation via wearable IMUs.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.109416

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    View details for PubMedID 31630774

  • Resonant Frequency Skin Stretch for Wearable Haptics. IEEE transactions on haptics Shull, P. B., Tan, T., Culbertson, H. M., Zhu, X., Okamura, A. 2019


    Resonant frequency skin stretch uses cyclic lateral skin stretches matching the skin's resonant frequency to create highly noticeable stimuli, signifying a new approach for wearable haptic stimulation. Three experiments were performed to explore biomechanical and perceptual aspects of resonant frequency skin stretch. In the first experiment, effective skin resonant frequencies were quantified at the forearm, shank, and foot. In the second experiment, perceived haptic stimuli were characterized for skin stretch actuations across a spectrum of frequencies. In the third experiment, haptic classification ability was determined as subjects differentiated haptic stimulation cues while sitting, walking, and jogging. Results showed that subjects perceived stimulations at, above, and below the skin's resonant frequency differently: stimulations lower than the skin resonant frequency felt like distinct impacts, stimulations at the skin resonant frequency felt like cyclic skin stretches, and stimulations higher than the skin resonant frequency felt like standard vibrations. Subjects successfully classified stimulations while sitting, walking, and jogging, and classification accuracy decreased with increasing speed, especially for stimulations at the shank. This work could facilitate more widespread use of wearable skin stretch. Potential applications include gaming, medical simulation, and surgical augmentation, and for training to reduce injury risk or improve sports performance.

    View details for DOI 10.1109/TOH.2019.2917072

    View details for PubMedID 31095499