, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 13–24 | Cite as

Classification of Normal and Pathological Gait in Young Children Based on Foot Pressure Data

  • Guodong Guo
  • Keegan Guffey
  • Wenbin Chen
  • Paola Pergami
Original Article


Human gait recognition, an active research topic in computer vision, is generally based on data obtained from images/videos. We applied computer vision technology to classify pathology-related changes in gait in young children using a foot-pressure database collected using the GAITRite walkway system. As foot positioning changes with children’s development, we also investigated the possibility of age estimation based on this data. Our results demonstrate that the data collected by the GAITRite system can be used for normal/pathological gait classification. Combining age information and normal/pathological gait classification increases the accuracy of the classifier. This novel approach could support the development of an accurate, real-time, and economic measure of gait abnormalities in children, able to provide important feedback to clinicians regarding the effect of rehabilitation interventions, and to support targeted treatment modifications.


Normal/pathological gait recognition GAITRite walkway system Medical instrument Health application 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guodong Guo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Keegan Guffey
    • 4
  • Wenbin Chen
    • 3
  • Paola Pergami
    • 5
  1. 1.Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Imaging TechnologyBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Information EngineeringCapital Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical EngineeringWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  4. 4.Child Neurology, Department of PediatricsWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  5. 5.Neurology, Neurocritical care Children’s National Medical CenterWashingtonUSA

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