Facilitate sEMG-based human-machine interaction through channel optimization

Zheng Wang, Yinfeng Fang, Gongfa Li, Honghai Liu*

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Electromyography (EMG) has been widely accepted to interact with prosthetic hands, but still limited to using few channels for the control of few degrees of freedom. The use of more channels can improve the controllability, but it also increases system's complexity and reduces its wearability. It is yet clear if optimizely placing the EMG channel could provide a feasible solution to this challenge. This study customized a genetic algorithm to optimize the number of channels and its position on the forearm in inter-day hand gesture recognition scenario. Our experimental results demonstrate that optimally selected 14 channels out of 16 can reach a peak inter-day hand gesture recognition accuracy at 72.3%, and optimally selecting 9 and 11 channels would reduce the performance by 3% and 10%. The cross-validation results also demonstrate that the optimally selected EMG channels from five subjects also work on the rest of the subjects, improving the accuracies by 3.09% and 4.5% in 9- and 11-channel combination, respectively. In sum, this study demonstrates the feasibility of channel reduction through genetic algorithm, and preliminary proves the significance of EMG channel optimization for human-machine interaction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Humanoid Robotics
Early online date1 Jul 2019
Publication statusEarly online - 1 Jul 2019


  • electromyography
  • genetic algorithm
  • Hand motion
  • pattern recognition


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