Enhancing practical multifunctional myoelectric applications through implicit motor control training systems

Mark Ison, Panagiotis Artemiadis

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Abstract

Despite holding promise for advances in prostheses and robot teleoperation, myoelectric controlled interfaces have had limited impact in commercial applications. Simultaneous multifunctional controls are desired, but often lead to frustration by users who cannot easily control the devices using state-of-the-art control schemes. This paper proposes and validates the use of implicit motor control training systems (IM-CTS) to achieve practical implementations of multifunctional myoelectric applications. Subjects implicitly develop muscle synergies needed to control a robotic application through an analogous visual interface without the associated physical constraints which may hinder learning. The learning then naturally transfers to perceived intuitive and robust control of the robotic device. The efficacy of the method is tested by comparing performance between two groups learning controls implicitly via the visual interface and explicitly via the robotic interface, respectively. The groups achieved comparable performance when performing tasks with the robotic device a week later. Moreover, the initial performance of the experimental group was significantly better than the control group achieved after up to 75 minutes of training. These findings support the use of IMCTS to achieve practical multifunctional control of a wide range of myoelectric applications without limiting them to intuitive mappings nor anthropomorphic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3525-3528
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781424479290
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2014
Event2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2014Aug 30 2014

Other

Other2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period8/26/148/30/14

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Ison, M., & Artemiadis, P. (2014). Enhancing practical multifunctional myoelectric applications through implicit motor control training systems. In 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014 (pp. 3525-3528). [6944383] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944383