Transfer Learning for Rapid Re-calibration of a Myoelectric Prosthesis After Electrode Shift

  • Cosima PrahmEmail author
  • Benjamin PaassenEmail author
  • Alexander Schulz
  • Barbara Hammer
  • Oskar Aszmann
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 15)


For decades, researchers have attempted to provide patients with an intuitive method to control upper limb prostheses, enabling them to manipulate multiple degrees of freedom continuously and simultaneously using only simple myoelectric signals. However, such controlling schemes are still highly vulnerable to disturbances in the myoelectric signal, due to electrode shifts, posture changes, sweat, fatigue etc. Recent research has demonstrated that such robustness problems can be alleviated by rapid re-calibration of the prosthesis once a day, using only very small amounts of training data (less than one minute of training time). In this contribution, we propose such a re-calibration scheme for a pattern recognition controller based on transfer learning. In a pilot study with able-bodied subjects we demonstrate that high controller accuracy can be re-obtained after strong electrode shift, even for simultaneous movements in multiple degrees of freedom.


Recognition Accuracy Transfer Learning Simultaneous Movement Myoelectric Signal Multiple Degree 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Christian Doppler Laboratory for Restoration of Extremity Function of the Medical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Theoretical Computer Science Group of CITEC BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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