Myoelectric control schemes aim to utilize the surface electromyography (EMG) signals which are the electric potentials directly measured from skeletal muscles to control wearable robots such as exoskeletons and prostheses. The main challenge of myoelectric controls is to increase and preserve the signal quality by minimizing the effect of confounding factors such as muscle fatigue or electrode shift. Current research in myoelectric control schemes are developed to work in ideal laboratory conditions, but there is a persistent need to have these control schemes be more robust and work in real-world environments. Following the manifold hypothesis, complexity in the world can be broken down from a high-dimensional space to a lower-dimensional form or representation that can explain how the higher-dimensional real world operates. From this premise, the biological actions and their relevant multimodal signals can be compressed and optimally pertinent when performed in both laboratory and non-laboratory settings once the learned representation or manifold is discovered. This thesis outlines a method that incorporates the use of a contrastive variational autoencoder with an integrated classifier on multimodal sensor data to create a compressed latent space representation that can be used in future myoelectric control schemes.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Currier, Keith A., "Variational Autoencoder and Sensor Fusion for Robust Myoelectric Controls" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1344.