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Guiding the training of users with a pattern similarity biofeedback to improve the performance of myoelectric pattern recognition.

Abstract : Next generation prosthetics will rely massively on myoelectric "Pattern Recognition" (PR) based control approaches , to improve their users' dexterity. One major identified factor of successful functioning of these approaches lies in the training of amputees and in their understanding of how those prosthetics works. We thus propose here an intuitive pattern similarity biofeedback which can be easily used to train amputees and allow them to optimize their muscular contractions to improve their control performance. Experiments were conducted on twenty able-bodied participants and one transradial amputee. Their performance in controlling an interface through a myoelectric PR algorithm was evaluated; before and after a short automatic user training session consisting in using the proposed visual biofeedback for ten participants, and using a generic PR algorithm output feedback for the others ten. Participants who were trained with the proposed biofeedback increased their classification score for the retrained gesture (by 39.4%), without affecting the overall classification performance (which progressed by 10.2%) through over-training and increase of False Positive rate as observed in the control group. Additional analysis indicates a clear change in contraction strategy only in the group who used the proposed biofeedback. These preliminary results highlight the potential of this method which does not focus so much on over-optimizing the pattern recognition algorithm or on physically training the users, but on providing them simple and intuitive information to adapt or change their motor strategies to solve some misclassification issues.
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Étienne de Montalivet, Kevin Bailly, Amélie Touillet, Noël Martinet, Jean Paysant, et al.. Guiding the training of users with a pattern similarity biofeedback to improve the performance of myoelectric pattern recognition.. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, In press, pp.1-11. ⟨10.1109/TNSRE.2020.3003077⟩. ⟨hal-02884543⟩



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