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Utility of inter-subject transfer learning for wearable-sensor-based joint torque prediction models

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43rd Annual Intl. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology, 31 October 2021-4 November 2021.

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Generalizability between individuals and groups is often a significant hurdle in model development for human subjects research. In the domain of wearable-sensor-controlled exoskeleton devices, the ability to generalize models across subjects or fine-tune more general models to individual subjects is key to enabling widespread adoption of these technologies. Transfer learning techniques applied to machine learning models afford the ability to apply and investigate the viability and utility such knowledge-transfer scenarios. This paper investigates the utility of single- and multi-subject based parameter transfer on LSTM models trained for "sensor-to-joint torque" prediction tasks, with regards to task performance and computational resources required for network training. We find that parameter transfer between both single- and multi-subject models provide useful knowledge transfer, with varying results across specific "source" and "target" subject pairings. This could be leveraged to lower model training time or computational cost in compute-constrained environments or, with further study to understand causal factors of the observed variance in performance across source and target pairings, to minimize data collection and model retraining requirements to select and personalize a generic model for personalized wearable-sensor-based joint torque prediction technologies.
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Generalizability between individuals and groups is often a significant hurdle in model development for human subjects research. In the domain of wearable-sensor-controlled exoskeleton devices, the ability to generalize models across subjects or fine-tune more general models to individual subjects is key to enabling widespread adoption of these technologies. Transfer learning...

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Ablation analysis to select wearable sensors for classifying standing, walking, and running

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The field of human activity recognition (HAR) often utilizes wearable sensors and machine learning techniques in order to identify the actions of the subject. This paper considers the activity recognition of walking and running while using a support vector machine (SVM) that was trained on principal components derived from wearable sensor data. An ablation analysis is performed in order to select the subset of sensors that yield the highest classification accuracy. The paper also compares principal components across trials to inform the similarity of the trials. Five subjects were instructed to perform standing, walking, running, and sprinting on a self-paced treadmill, and the data were recorded while using surface electromyography sensors (sEMGs), inertial measurement units (IMUs), and force plates. When all of the sensors were included, the SVM had over 90% classification accuracy using only the first three principal components of the data with the classes of stand, walk, and run/sprint (combined run and sprint class). It was found that sensors that were placed only on the lower leg produce higher accuracies than sensors placed on the upper leg. There was a small decrease in accuracy when the force plates are ablated, but the difference may not be operationally relevant. Using only accelerometers without sEMGs was shown to decrease the accuracy of the SVM.
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The field of human activity recognition (HAR) often utilizes wearable sensors and machine learning techniques in order to identify the actions of the subject. This paper considers the activity recognition of walking and running while using a support vector machine (SVM) that was trained on principal components derived from wearable...

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