Movement Symmetry Assessment by Bilateral Motion Data Fusion

Peng Ren, Shiang Hu, Zhenfeng Han, Qing Wang, Shuxia Yao, Zhao Gao, Jiangming Jin, Maria L. Bringas, Dezhong Yao, Bharat Biswal, Pedro A. Valdes-Sosa

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Objective: A new approach, named bilateral motion data fusion, was proposed for the analysis of movement symmetry, which takes advantage of cross-information between both sides of the body and processes the unilateral motion data at the same time. Methods: This was accomplished using canonical correlation analysis and joint independent component analysis. It should be noted that human movements include many categories, which cannot be enumerated one by one. Therefore, the gait rhythm fluctuations of the healthy subjects and patients with neurodegenerative diseases were employed as an example for method illustration. In addition, our model explains the movement data by latent parameters in the time and frequency domains, respectively, which were both based on bilateral motion data fusion. Results: They show that our method not only reflects the physiological correlates of movement but also obtains the differential signatures of movement asymmetry in diverse neurodegenerative diseases. Furthermore, the latent variables also exhibit the potentials for sharper disease distinctions. Conclusion: We have provided a new perspective on movement analysis, which may prove to be a promising approach. Significance: This method exhibits the potentials for effective movement feature extractions, which might contribute to many research fields such as rehabilitation, neuroscience, biomechanics, and kinesiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8345582
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering


  • Canonical correlation analysis (CCA)
  • Poincaré plot, RReliefF
  • data fusion
  • discrete wavelet transforms (DWT)
  • joint independent component analysis (jICA)
  • latent variable
  • movement symmetry
  • multiresolution analysis


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