Noise-assisted multivariate empirical mode decomposition for multichannel EMG signals

Yi Zhang, Peng Xu, Peiyang Li, Keyi Duan, Yuexin Wen, Qin Yang, Tao Zhang, Dezhong Yao
2017 BioMedical Engineering OnLine  
Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition (EEMD) has been popularised for single-channel Electromyography (EMG) signal processing as it can effectively extract the temporal information of the EMG time series. However, few papers examine the temporal and spatial characteristics across multiple muscle groups in relation to multichannel EMG signals. Experiment: The experimental data was obtained from the Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems, University of California Irvine (UCI). The
more » ... a was donated by the Nueva Granada Military University and the Technopark node Manizales in Colombia. The databases of 11 male subjects from the healthy group were taken into the study. The subjects undergo three exercise programs, leg extension from a sitting position (sitting), flexion of the leg up (standing), and gait (walking), while four electrodes were placed on biceps femoris (BF), vastus medialis (VM), rectus femoris (RF), and semitendinosus (ST). Methods: Based on the experimental data, a comparative study is provided by assessing the Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD)-based approaches, EEMD, Multivariate EMD (MEMD), and Noise-Assisted MEMD (NA-MEMD). The outcomes from these approaches are then quantitatively estimated on the basis of three criterions, the number of Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMFs), mode-alignment and mode-mixing. Results: Both MEMD and NA-MEMD methods (except EEMD) can guarantee equal numbers of IMFs. For mode-alignment and mode-mixing, NA-MEMD is optimal compared with MEMD and EEMD, and MEMD is merely better than EEMD. Conclusions: This study proposes the NA-MEMD approach for multichannel EMG signal processing. This finding implies that NA-MEMD is effective for simultaneously analysing IMFs based frequency bands. It has a vital clinical implication in exploring the neuromuscular patterns that enable the multiple muscle groups to coordinate while performing the functional activities of daily living.
doi:10.1186/s12938-017-0397-9 pmid:28835251 pmcid:PMC5569569 fatcat:iemuze4245fxzmsvzc7vntjqge