Detection of an Ataxia-type disease from EMG and IMU sensors

Tobias Dorszewski, Weixuan Jiang, Stephan Sigg

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Abstract

Mitochondrial recessive ataxia syndrome (MIRAS) is a heritable disease, relatively common in Finland. Among other things, patients suffer from ataxia, a movement disorder with difficulties in coordination. To date, no treatment is known for the disease, but medication and therapy can lessen the symptoms, provided that the progression of symptoms is closely monitored to adjust the treatment according to the individual needs. This necessary evaluation is a manual, subjective process.We report about our efforts to explore quantifiable characteristics that could be used to monitor the disease progression objectively using electromyography (EMG) as well as inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensors. In particular, in a study with eight participants, including a patient, we have collected muscle activation as well as IMU data during several tasks. The study found some characteristics that might qualify as indicators of ataxia, such as high-frequency electrical activity (EA) components and similarity of repetitions. We further suggest the use of IMU and machine learning to improve the objective monitoring of the disease's progression.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops and other Affiliated Events, PerCom Workshops 2022
PublisherIEEE
Pages712-717
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665416474
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops and other Affiliated Events (PerCom Workshops): PerCom Workshops - Piasa, Italy
Duration: 21 Mar 202225 Mar 2022

Publication series

Name2022 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops and other Affiliated Events, PerCom Workshops 2022

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops and other Affiliated Events (PerCom Workshops)
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityPiasa
Period21/03/202225/03/2022

Keywords

  • Ataxia
  • IMU
  • MIRAS
  • sEMG

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