A tactile sensing approach in stroke rehabilitation

Du, Xinli and Mikov, Nikolay and Mohagheghi, Amir and Kilbride, Cherry and Norris, Meriel and Brett, Peter (2019) A tactile sensing approach in stroke rehabilitation. Mechatronics, 59. pp. 213-220. ISSN 0957-4158


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Agricultural Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 04:40
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 05:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: distributive tactile sensing, stroke rehabilitation, upper limb kinematics
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090305 Rehabilitation Engineering
09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090302 Biomechanical Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.mechatronics.2019.03.010
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36557

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