IDENTIFICATION OF EMG FREQUENCY PATTERNS IN RUNNING BY WAVELET ANALYSIS AND SUPPORT VECTOR MACHINES

  • T. Jaitner
  • D. Janssen
  • R. Burger
  • Uwe Wenzel
Keywords: pattern recognition, support vector machines, electromyography, running

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify EMG pattern of running at different speed and incline based on a trial-to-trial analysis. Eight subjects performed treadmill running at five different conditions (4, 5 and 6 m/s, 5m/s at 5° incline, 5m/s at 2° decline). EMG data of eight leg muscles were recorded and transformed by a wavelet analysis (van Tscharner, 2000). Ten subsequent steps of each subject and condition were classified by support vector machines. Between 93 and 100% of all EMG patterns were assigned correctly to the individual. According to the different running conditions recognition rates ranged between 78 and 88%. Hence, support vector machines can be considered as powerful nonlinear tool for the classification of dynamic EMG patterns.