Exploration of Characterization and Classification Techniques for Movement Identification from EMG Signals: Preliminary Results

  • A. Viveros-Melo
  • L. Lasso-ArciniegasEmail author
  • J. A. Salazar-Castro
  • D. H. Peluffo-Ordóñez
  • M. A. Becerra
  • A. E. Castro-Ospina
  • E. J. Revelo-Fuelagán
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 885)


Today, human-computer interfaces are increasingly more often used and become necessary for human daily activities. Among some remarkable applications, we find: Wireless-computer controlling through hand movement, wheelchair directing/guiding with finger motions, and rehabilitation. Such applications are possible from the analysis of electromyographic (EMG) signals. Despite some research works have addressed this issue, the movement classification through EMG signals is still an open challenging issue to the scientific community -especially, because the controller performance depends not only on classifier but other aspects, namely: used features, movements to be classified, the considered feature-selection methods, and collected data. In this work, we propose an exploratory work on the characterization and classification techniques to identifying movements through EMG signals. We compare the performance of three classifiers (KNN, Parzen-density-based classifier and ANN) using spectral (Wavelets) and time-domain-based (statistical and morphological descriptors) features. Also, a methodology for movement selection is proposed. Results are comparable with those reported in literature, reaching classification errors of 5.18% (KNN), 14.7407% (ANN) and 5.17% (Parzen-density-based classifier).


Classification EMG signals Movements selection Wavelet 



This work is supported by the “Smart Data Analysis Systems - SDAS” group (, as well as the “Grupo de Investigación en Ingeniería Eléctrica y Electrónica - GIIEE” from Universidad de Nariño. Also, the authors acknowledge to the research project supported by Agreement No. 095 November 20th, 2014 by VIPRI from Universidad de Nariño.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Viveros-Melo
    • 1
  • L. Lasso-Arciniegas
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. A. Salazar-Castro
    • 2
  • D. H. Peluffo-Ordóñez
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. A. Becerra
    • 4
  • A. E. Castro-Ospina
    • 4
  • E. J. Revelo-Fuelagán
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad de NariñoPastoColombia
  2. 2.Corporación Universitaria Autónoma de NariñoPastoColombia
  3. 3.Yachay TechUrcuquiEcuador
  4. 4.Instituto tecnológico metropolitanoMedellínColombia

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