A combined sEMG and accelerometer system for monitoring functional activity in stroke

IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2009 Dec;17(6):585-94. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2009.2036615.


Remote monitoring of physical activity using body-worn sensors provides an alternative to assessment of functional independence by subjective, paper-based questionnaires. This study investigated the classification accuracy of a combined surface electromyographic (sEMG) and accelerometer (ACC) sensor system for monitoring activities of daily living in patients with stroke. sEMG and ACC data (eight channels each) were recorded from 10 hemiparetic patients while they carried out a sequence of 11 activities of daily living (identification tasks), and 10 activities used to evaluate misclassification errors (nonidentification tasks). The sEMG and ACC sensor data were analyzed using a multilayered neural network and an adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system to identify the minimal sensor configuration needed to accurately classify the identification tasks, with a minimal number of misclassifications from the nonidentification tasks. The results demonstrated that the highest sensitivity and specificity for the identification tasks was achieved using a subset of four ACC sensors and adjacent sEMG sensors located on both upper arms, one forearm, and one thigh, respectively. This configuration resulted in a mean sensitivity of 95.0%, and a mean specificity of 99.7% for the identification tasks, and a mean misclassification error of < 10% for the nonidentification tasks. The findings support the feasibility of a hybrid sEMG and ACC wearable sensor system for automatic recognition of motor tasks used to assess functional independence in patients with stroke.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acceleration*
  • Actigraphy / methods*
  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Electromyography / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement
  • Paresis / diagnosis*
  • Paresis / etiology
  • Paresis / physiopathology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Stroke / complications
  • Stroke / diagnosis*
  • Stroke / physiopathology
  • Systems Integration