A tactile sensing approach in stroke rehabilitation

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Du, Xinli, Mikov, Nikolay, Mohagheghi, Amir, Kilbride, Cherry, Norris, Meriel and Brett, Peter. 2019. "A tactile sensing approach in stroke rehabilitation." Mechatronics. 59, pp. 213-220. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mechatronics.2019.03.010
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A tactile sensing approach in stroke rehabilitation

ERA Journal ID3527
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDu, Xinli (Author), Mikov, Nikolay (Author), Mohagheghi, Amir (Author), Kilbride, Cherry (Author), Norris, Meriel (Author) and Brett, Peter (Author)
Journal TitleMechatronics
Journal Citation59, pp. 213-220
Number of Pages8
Year2019
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0957-4158
1873-4006
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mechatronics.2019.03.010
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0957415819300364?via%3Dihub
Abstract

The paper describes an experimental, mechanically simple, tactile sensing solution in the form of a sensing chair for discriminating human motion in a reaching task. This cost-efficient technical approach was employed for the assessment of selective arm movements in stroke survivors. The sensing system classifies trunk motion in a seated stroke survivor during a goal-directed task where there is direct correlation with the level of severity of arm movement. The system interprets motion mechanically from coupled sensory data transients using artificial neural networks and shows tolerance to patients’ sitting posture and performance variability. The accuracy of classification was typically greater than 94% across three categories when applied to a group of stroke survivors of wide-ranging motor abilities. The mechanical simplicity, versatility of approach for use in other classes of movement, and potential low cost of manufacturing provides opportunity to employ the system at clinics and homes for assessment and training.

Keywordsdistributive tactile sensing, stroke rehabilitation, upper limb kinematics
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400310. Rehabilitation engineering
400303. Biomechanical engineering
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Byline AffiliationsBrunel University, United Kingdom
University of Southern Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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