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See detailExtraction of temporal gait parameters using a reduced number of wearable accelerometers
Boutaayamou, Mohamed ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (2016)

Wearable inertial systems often require many sensing units in order to reach an accurate extraction of temporal gait parameters. Reconciling easy and fast handling in daily clinical use and accurate ... [more ▼]

Wearable inertial systems often require many sensing units in order to reach an accurate extraction of temporal gait parameters. Reconciling easy and fast handling in daily clinical use and accurate extraction of a substantial number of relevant gait parameters is a challenge. This paper describes the implementation of a new accelerometer-based method that accurately and precisely detects gait events/parameters from acceleration signals measured from only two accelerometers attached on the heels of the subject’s usual shoes. The first step of the proposed method uses a gait segmentation based on the continuous wavelet transform (CWT) that provides only a rough estimation of motionless periods defining relevant local acceleration signals. The second step uses the CWT and a novel piecewise-linear fitting technique to accurately extract, from these local acceleration signals, gait events, each labelled as heel strike (HS), toe strike (TS), heel-off (HO), toe-off (TO), or heel clearance (HC). A stride-by-stride validation of these extracted gait events was carried out by comparing the results with reference data provided by a kinematic 3D analysis system (used as gold standard) and a video camera. The temporal accuracy ± precision of the gait events were for HS: 7.2 ms ± 22.1 ms, TS: 0.7 ms ± 19.0 ms, HO: ‒3.4 ms ± 27.4 ms, TO: 2.2 ms ± 15.7 ms, and HC: 3.2 ms ± 17.9 ms. In addition, the occurrence times of right/left stance, swing, and stride phases were estimated with a mean error of ‒6 ms ± 15 ms, ‒5 ms ± 17 ms, and ‒6 ms ± 17 ms, respectively. The accuracy and precision achieved by the extraction algorithm for healthy subjects, the simplification of the hardware (through the reduction of the number of accelerometer units required), and the validation results obtained, convince us that the proposed accelerometer-based system could be extended for assessing pathological gait (e.g., for patients with Parkinson’s disease). [less ▲]

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See detailGender effect on the scapular 3D posture and kinematic in healthy subjects
Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Rigaux, Elise et al

in Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging (2016)

Populations considered for shoulder analysis are often composed of various ratios of men and women. It is consequently hypothesized that gender has no significant effect on the joint kinematic. However ... [more ▼]

Populations considered for shoulder analysis are often composed of various ratios of men and women. It is consequently hypothesized that gender has no significant effect on the joint kinematic. However the literature reports, for the shoulder, differences in the range of motion between genders. The specific influence of gender on the scapula-thoracic kinematics has not been studied yet. The dominant shoulder of two populations of men and women composed of 11 subjects each were evaluated in three dimensions for three distinct motions: flexion in the sagittal plane, abduction in the frontal plane and gleno-humeral internal/external rotation with the arm abducted at 90°. Posture, kinematics and range of motion were studied separately. For flexion and abduction and with regard to the scapular kinematic, external rotation were significantly larger for women than men. The differences were of at least 5° at 120° of humeral elevation. Upward rotations were identical. Women also showed larger average active humero-thoracic range of motion. The mean differences were of 13°, 7°, 12° and 5° for abduction, flexion, internal rotation and external rotation, respectively. No difference was observed between the scapular resting positions of both populations. The observed differences concerning both the scapular and humeral patterns would indicate that the shoulder behavior of men and women should not be expected to be similar. [less ▲]

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See detailSurface Constrained Elastic Rods with Application to the Sphere
Huynen, Alexandre ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Elasticity (2016)

The unilateral contact between an elastic rod and a rigid surface is encountered in numerous biological and engineering applications. Along continuous contacts, the centerline of the rod reflects the ... [more ▼]

The unilateral contact between an elastic rod and a rigid surface is encountered in numerous biological and engineering applications. Along continuous contacts, the centerline of the rod reflects the geometry of the constraining surface. This restriction of the rod axis to surface bound configurations enters its local equilibrium through a reaction pressure which ensures the compatibility between the deformation and the restraint geometry. The classic equations governing the static equilibrium of elastic rods are particularized to surface bound configurations by (i) specifying the location of the rod axis in terms of its coordinates in the parameter space associated with the constraining surface parameterization, and (ii) characterizing the orientation of its material frame through its rotation with respect to the surface normal. This formulation, which emphasizes the relations between the rod configuration and the geometry of the constraint, also leads to an expression for the reaction pressure. This approach is then validated on a spherical surface by comparing with known solutions for elastic curves, i.e., inextensible and twist free rods. [less ▲]

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See detailPerturbation Methods
Denoël, Vincent ULg

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See detailReconstruction of the envelope of non-Gaussian structural responses with principal static wind loads
Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Canor, Thomas; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2015), 149

In current practice, structural engineers commonly focus on the wind-resistant design by means of static wind loads. In case of non-Gaussianities, there is room for improvement to properly derive these ... [more ▼]

In current practice, structural engineers commonly focus on the wind-resistant design by means of static wind loads. In case of non-Gaussianities, there is room for improvement to properly derive these static loads. First, this paper extends in a non-Gaussian context the concept of the load-response correlation (LRC) method establishing equivalent static wind loads (ESWLs). This is done by a proper recourse to the new concept of conditional expected static wind load and a proposed bicubic model for the joint and conditional distribution functions. Second, this paper investigates the envelope reconstruction problem targeting the efficient reconstruction of the envelope values of a set of non-Gaussian structural responses by means of principal static wind loads (PSWLs). They have been introduced in a Gaussian context and are obtained by a singular value decomposition of ESWLs. This paper addresses the extension of PSWLs to non-Gaussian structural responses, as well. The developments apply to structures with a linear behavior and subjected to an aerodynamic pressure field exhibiting mildly to strongly non-Gaussian features. In this context, the well-known load-response correlation and conditional sampling methods are used for comparisons. This study is undertaken for quasi-static analysis of structures and is illustrated on a low-rise building. [less ▲]

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See detailPressure-impulse diagram of a beam developing non-linear membrane action under blast loading
Hamra, Lotfi ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in International Journal of Impact Engineering (2015), 86

The p–I diagram of a frame beam subjected to blast loading is established, including the elastic lateral restraint and inertia offered by the rest of the structure, the development of nonlinear membrane ... [more ▼]

The p–I diagram of a frame beam subjected to blast loading is established, including the elastic lateral restraint and inertia offered by the rest of the structure, the development of nonlinear membrane action and also, the bending-tension (M−N) interaction that develops in the plastic hinges. The analytical procedures to compute the asymptotes in the p–I diagram as well as a parametric study on the p–I diagram are provided. A dimensional analysis of the problem reveals that, under the considered assumptions, four dimensionless parameters mainly influence the required ductility of the beam. Two of them are related to the behavior of the indirectly affected part (the lateral restraint and mass). Another one is related to the mechanical properties of the investigated beam (i.e. the ratio of the bending to axial resistance). The last parameter incorporates scales of the geometry and of the deformed configuration at the onset of the plastic mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailEssentials of actions
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg et al

Learning material (2015)

This document deals with the philosophy of safety in civil engineering structures, including loads and load combinations to be applied when designing a structure. It contains general concepts that are ... [more ▼]

This document deals with the philosophy of safety in civil engineering structures, including loads and load combinations to be applied when designing a structure. It contains general concepts that are presented and discussed as well as values for some important input data that can be used as order of magnitude in the initial phase of a project. [less ▲]

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See detailProgramme d'étirement appliqué à l'épaule raide : conséquences fonctionnelles
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; COLLIGNON, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2015, October 09)

Les athlètes de lancer présentent une mobilité passive gléno-humérale de l’épaule dominante spécifique avec une majoration de la rotation externe et une limitation de la rotation interne. La limitation ... [more ▼]

Les athlètes de lancer présentent une mobilité passive gléno-humérale de l’épaule dominante spécifique avec une majoration de la rotation externe et une limitation de la rotation interne. La limitation interne semble liée à une raideur capsulo-musculaire postérieure, favorisant les pathologies de l’épaule sportive. Matériel et méthodes Vingt hommes, sportifs d’armer / lancer (volley-ball, handball) et pratiquant au moins 6 heures d’entraînement depuis plus de 5 années ont participé à cette étude. Ils présentaient tous une raideur des structures postérieures évaluée en clinique. Lors de l’inclusion dans l’étude, 10 athlètes (22,5 ± 4 ans) étaient asymptomatiques, 10 (24,8 ± 4 ans) présentaient une épaule dominante symptomatique (≥ 3/10 sur l’EVA). Les athlètes ont étiré chaque jour leur épaule dominante (sleeper stretch et cross body arm) pendant 4 semaines (5 x 30’'). Avant et après le programme d’étirement des structures postérieures, ils ont subi un test isocinétique de force maximale des rotateurs internes et externes ainsi qu’une analyse tridimensionnelle définissant la cinématique scapulaire. Résultats Après 4 semaines d’étirement des structures postérieures, tous les athlètes ont montré un gain significatif de mobilité en rotation interne passive. Nous n’observons aucune modification de la cinétique scapulaire lors de l’analyse 3D après les étirements chez les athlètes asymptomatiques ; les athlètes symptomatiques présentent une diminution du tilt antérieur scapulaire au repos après les 4 semaines. L’évaluation isocinétique des rotateurs d’épaules après les étirements montrent uniquement une légère réduction (- 4% ; p < 0,05) de la force des rotateurs internes à 60°/s en concentrique chez les athlètes asymptomatiques. Les sportifs qui décrivaient des douleurs avant les étirements sont significativement améliorés après le programme de 4 semaines ; cette diminution de la douleur est corrélée au gain en rotation interne passive. Discussion L’étirement pendant 4 semaines des structures postérieures de l’épaule raide sportive permet une augmentation de la mobilité passive. Ce gain de mobilité est corrélé à la diminution de la douleur chez les athlètes symptomatiques. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomechanical Analysis of Abdominal Injury in Tennis Serves. A Case Report
Tubez, François ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (2015), 14

The serve is an important stroke in any high level tennis game. A well-mastered serve is a substantial advantage for players. However, because of its repeatability and its intensity, this stroke is ... [more ▼]

The serve is an important stroke in any high level tennis game. A well-mastered serve is a substantial advantage for players. However, because of its repeatability and its intensity, this stroke is potentially deleterious for upper limbs, lower limbs and trunk. The trunk is a vital link in the production and transfer of energy from the lower limbs to the upper limbs; therefore, kin-ematic disorder could be a potential source of risk for trunk injury in tennis. This research studies the case of a professional tennis player who has suffered from a medical tear on the left rectus abdominis muscle after tennis serve. The goal of the study is to understand whether the injury could be explained by an inappropriate technique. For this purpose, we analyzed in three dimensions the kinematic and kinetic aspects of the serve. We also performed isokinetic tests of the player’s knees. We then compared the player to five other professional players as refer-ence. We observed a possible deficit of energy transfer because of an important anterior pelvis tilt. Some compensation made by the player during the serve could be a possible higher abdominal contraction and a larger shoulder external rotation. These partic-ularities could induce an abdominal overwork that could explain the first injury and may provoke further injuries. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of a stretching program on overhead athletes with a stiff and painful shoulder
Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2015, July 01)

Overhead athletes are more at risk of suffering shoulder injuries or/and developing shoulder pain. Stretching programs have been shown to successfully reduce pain for this population. However no study has ... [more ▼]

Overhead athletes are more at risk of suffering shoulder injuries or/and developing shoulder pain. Stretching programs have been shown to successfully reduce pain for this population. However no study has provided a global overview of the effects of stretching. The present study evaluated the evolution of the pain, the strength of the shoulder muscles, potential instabilities or lesion of the shoulder as well as the 3D scapular kinematics of 10 overhead athletes having a painful and stiff dominant shoulder. Our results show a significant decrease of the pain and of the positive impingement syndrome tests. The kinematics of the scapula reveals a more upward rotation of the scapula after the stretching, which may reduce the risk of sub-acromial conflicts. The strength of the internal and external rotators of the shoulder is not modified by the program. [less ▲]

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See detailHow biomechanical analysis may help to identify abdominal injury causes in high level tennis
Tubez, François ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

Conference (2015, July)

This research studies the case of a professional tennis player who has suffered from a medical tear on the left rectus abdominis muscle after a tennis serve. The goal of the study is to understand whether ... [more ▼]

This research studies the case of a professional tennis player who has suffered from a medical tear on the left rectus abdominis muscle after a tennis serve. The goal of the study is to understand whether the injury could be explained by an inappropriate technique. For this purpose, we analyzed the three dimensions kinematic and kinetic of the serve. We also performed isokinetic tests of the knees. We compared the player to five other professional players. We observed a possible deficit of energy transfer because of an important anterior pelvis tilt. Some compensations of the player during serve could be a possible higher abdominal contraction and a larger shoulder external rotation. These particularities could induce an abdominal overwork that would explain the first injury and may provoke a new injury. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of experimental results and numerical modelling of unreinforced load-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading
Mordant, Christophe ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Degée, Hervé

in Proceedings of the SECED 2015 Conference: Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World (2015, July)

This paper presents a comparison of experimental tests results on unreinforced load-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading with numerical predictions. First, simple walls are submitted ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a comparison of experimental tests results on unreinforced load-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading with numerical predictions. First, simple walls are submitted to cyclic and shaking table tests. Some of them include soundproofing devices in order to investigate their influence on the general behaviour in static and dynamic conditions. Additional walls with an opening and T-shaped walls are then tested under cyclic loading. The study is focused on the frame effect, the contribution of the perpendicular wall to the global strength and the efficiency of the connection. These aspects are also studied through shaking table tests on two masonry frames with T- or L-shaped piers. The main information is expressed in terms of force-displacement curves, mechanical properties and energy dissipation for the cyclic tests. The shaking table tests provide results in terms of dynamic and mechanical properties. Comparison of the results with numerical predictions is finally performed thanks to the software TREMURI. [less ▲]

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See detailAdjusted Equivalent Static Wind Loads for non-Gaussian linear static analysis
Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

Conference (2015, June)

In this paper, we propose a parametric bi-cubic model for the joint probability distribution of wind aerodynamic pressures and structural responses. This non-Gaussian model is a bivariate extension of the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a parametric bi-cubic model for the joint probability distribution of wind aerodynamic pressures and structural responses. This non-Gaussian model is a bivariate extension of the well-known Hermite polynomial transformation. It offers a new way to determine Equivalent Static Wind Loads, with the embedded feature to –at least partly– capture the non-Gaussianity of the aerodynamic pressures and responses. In a second step, based on the observation that this model as well as the usual LRC method or the conditional sampling technique, fail in reproducing structural responses that do not overestimate the extreme values resulting from a complete structural analysis, we propose a two-step adjustment procedure that restores the non-overestimation condition and the recovery of the considered structural response. With the example of a boundary layer flow around a duo-pitched roof, it is demonstrated that the Equivalent Static Wind Loads, adjusted or not, obtained with the proposed model of non-Gaussian joint probability density function reconstruct the envelope of structural response more efficiently than with the other two techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailRocking behaviour of simple unreinforced load-bearing masonry walls including soundproofing rubber layers
Mordant, Christophe ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Degée, Hervé

in Proceedings of 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (2015, May)

This paper compares experimental measurements with predictions of different rocking models. These comparisons are carried out on the base of recent experimental results obtained by shake-table tests of ... [more ▼]

This paper compares experimental measurements with predictions of different rocking models. These comparisons are carried out on the base of recent experimental results obtained by shake-table tests of four simple unreinforced load-bearing clay masonry walls that have exhibited a significant rocking behaviour for the highest acceleration inputs. In a first stage, the simple model proposed by Housner is used after slight modifications needed to properly consider the actual mass distribution. Two parameters are identified as governing the model response, namely the criterion defining the initiation of motion and the restitution coefficient. Then, a two stacked blocks model is developed and solved by an event-driven strategy. This two-block model is intended to allow a better description of the behaviour of tested specimens through a more precise modelling of the additional mass. Finally, the pres-ence of rubber layers positioned at the top and bottom of two of the tested walls with the pur-pose of improving their acoustic behaviour required the development of an updated rocking model with viscous and flexible interfaces at the base of the wall and between the two stacked blocks. The properties of these interfaces are deduced from experimental data and their sig-nificant influence on the response is evidenced. [less ▲]

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See detailResearch Self-Evaluation Report of the Department ArGEnCo
Collin, Frédéric ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Elsen, Catherine ULg et al

Report (2015)

Evaluation is nowadays a general trend in the European Universities. At the University of Liège, the evaluation process is threefold: fist there is the evaluation of the bachelor and master degrees, then ... [more ▼]

Evaluation is nowadays a general trend in the European Universities. At the University of Liège, the evaluation process is threefold: fist there is the evaluation of the bachelor and master degrees, then the second evaluation concerns the internal administrations and finally Research activities are being evaluated. This quality policy at the different levels of the Institution is organized by the Vice-Rector for Quality, Pr. Freddy Coignoul and the SMAQ service (Service de Management et d’Accompagnement à la Qualité), which aims to promote, coordinate and disseminate within the University of Liège a culture of the Quality, founded on the values of the Institution. The Research assessment is a procedure undertaken by the University in order to promote the quality of the research in the Departments or research centres. Within the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the evaluation of the Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering was carried out in 2013 by the AEQES (Agence pour l’Evaluation de la Qualité de l’Enseignement) and CTI (Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur - France). The present report is dedicated to the evaluation of research led in the Education and Research Department (DER) ArGEnCo. The present evaluation report proposes a global presentation of all our research activities. At the Department level, one of the elected members of the Executive Bureau is in charge of the Research, covering both evaluation and quality policy. In October 2013, the Executive bureau appointed a research steering committee, whose fist task was to coordinate the present evaluation report, following the guidelines of the SMAQ service. The draft of such a document arises from the work of the steering committee but also from the contributions of all Department members, who were asked to contribute to the report or to complete databases. The progress of this evaluation report was presented by the Steering committee to the Department Council and during the General Assembly of the Department. Moreover, two Focus groups were organized by the SMAQ service, in order to get the feedback of technician and administrative members on one hand and scientific members on the other hand, on the general organization of the research in the ArGEnCo Department. The reports of these two Focus groups (Appendix 4 in French) underpinned our thinking about our research management. This report is therefore the fist evaluation of the research led in the Department, the present effort should be pursued, and deepened, within the coming years. Some of the databases necessary for the evaluation have been developed in the frame of this procedure. This has resulted in a huge amount of work for every Department members to collect all the data. New procedures in the management of the Department will help establishing the next research evaluation reports systematically, in particular for the collection of the complete dataset. Following the guidelines of the SMAQ service, this evaluation report is divided into two main parts: the fist one focuses on a self-evaluation report of the research activities and the second part presents the Action Plan of the Department for the next five years to come. The self-evaluation report is composed of four Sections: Section one presents the Research organization and topics of the Department, Section two focuses on the Research activities, Section three gives an overview of the mobility (in and out), the attractiveness and the scientific recognition of the Department and finally Section four is dedicated to the resources available in ArGEnCo Department. Each Section ends up with a SWOT analysis. The Action Plan proposed by the Steering Committee results from the analysis of the self-evaluation report, insofar as it synthesizes and prioritizes the actions of the Department for the next fie years. These priorities are formulated as proposals following a contractual approach between research entities and Institution authorities, to whom the report will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalytical procedure to derive P-I diagram of a beam under explosion
Hamra, Lotfi ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceeding of the IABSE Workshop - Safety, Robustness and Condition Assessments of Structures (2015, February)

The aim of this paper is to study a beam extracted from a frame and subjected to blast loading. The demand of ductility depends on six dimensionless parameters: two related to the blast loading, two ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to study a beam extracted from a frame and subjected to blast loading. The demand of ductility depends on six dimensionless parameters: two related to the blast loading, two referring to the bending behaviour of the beam and two corresponding to the dynamic behaviour of the rest of the structure. We develop a full analytical procedure that provides the ductility demand as a function of these six dimensionless parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and validation of an accelerometer-based method for quantifying gait events
Boutaayamou, Mohamed ULg; Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Stamatakis, Julien et al

in Medical Engineering & Physics (2015)

An original signal processing algorithm is presented to automatically extract, on a stride-by-stride basis, four consecutive fundamental events of walking, heel strike (HS), toe strike (TS), heel-off (HO ... [more ▼]

An original signal processing algorithm is presented to automatically extract, on a stride-by-stride basis, four consecutive fundamental events of walking, heel strike (HS), toe strike (TS), heel-off (HO), and toe-off (TO), from wireless accelerometers applied to the right and left foot. First, the signals recorded from heel and toe three-axis accelerometers are segmented providing heel and toe flat phases. Then, the four gait events are defined from these flat phases. The accelerometer-based event identification was validated in seven healthy volunteers and a total of 247 trials against reference data provided by a force plate, a kinematic 3D analysis system, and video camera. HS, TS, HO, and TO were detected with a temporal accuracy ± precision of 1.3 ms ± 7.2 ms, ‒4.2 ms ± 10.9 ms, ‒3.7 ms ± 14.5 ms, and ‒1.8 ms ± 11.8 ms, respectively, with the associated 95% confidence intervals ranging from ‒6.3 ms to 2.2 ms. It is concluded that the developed accelerometer-based method can accurately and precisely detect HS, TS, HO, and TO, and could thus be used for the ambulatory monitoring of gait features computed from these events when measured concurrently in both feet. [less ▲]

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See detailSegmentation of gait cycles using foot-mounted 3D accelerometers
Boutaayamou, Mohamed ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg et al

in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on 3D Imaging 2015 (2015)

We describe a new gait segmentation method based on the continuous wavelet transform to identify stride-by-stride gait cycles from measurements of foot-mounted three-dimensional (3D) accelerometers. The ... [more ▼]

We describe a new gait segmentation method based on the continuous wavelet transform to identify stride-by-stride gait cycles from measurements of foot-mounted three-dimensional (3D) accelerometers. The detection of such gait cycles is indeed a crucial step for an accurate extraction of relevant gait events such as heel strike, toe strike, heel-off, and toe-off. We demonstrate the ability of this segmentation method, used in conjunction with a validated extraction algorithm, to calculate the following gait (duration) parameters for each gait cycle during the gait of a healthy young subject and of an elderly subject with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in OFF and ON states: durations of (1) loading response, (2) mid-stance, (3) push-off, (4) stance, (5) swing, (6) stride, (7) step, and (8) double support phases. The experimental results show that the proposed method can extract relevant refined gait parameters to quantify subtle gait disturbances in subjects with PD. [less ▲]

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