Working Group leader: Alex Vakanski

Group members: David Paul, Russell Baker

Originated: May 2016, supported by a CMCI MAG; currently this working group coincides with a Pilot Grant

Description:

This group focuses on the development of mathematical models for representing human motions, to potentially benefit patients undertaking a physical rehabilitation therapy (e.g., following a stroke, or due to other medical conditions). The research employs deep neural networks for modeling human motions at multiple hierarchical levels of abstraction. The aim is to encode the movements of a patient in performing physical exercises into a set of trajectory features and use the features for automated evaluation of the patient’s performance.

The group developed a deep learning framework for assessment of rehabilitation exercises, as well as the team created a dataset of physical rehabilitations exercises. The current focus of the improving and evaluating the proposed deep learning models.

We are working on a revision and improvement of an NIH R01 grant application from June 2020, and our plan is to re-apply for an NIH R01 in October 2021.

Publications:

Mathematical Modeling and Evaluation of Human Motions in Physical Therapy Using Mixture Density Neural Networks

Vakanski A, Ferguson JM, Lee S, (2016) Mathematical modeling and evaluation of human motions in physical therapy using mixture density neural networks. Journal of Physiotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation, 1(118). PMC5242735

Metrics for Performance Evaluation of Patient Exercises during Physical Therapy

Vakanski, A., Ferguson, J. M., & Lee, S. (2017). Metrics for Performance Evaluation of Patient Exercises during Physical Therapy. International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation5(3), 403.

A Data Set of Human Body Movements for Physical Rehabilitation Exercises

Vakanski, A., Jun, H., Paul, D., & Baker, R. (2018). A Data Set of Human Body Movements for Physical Rehabilitation Exercises. Data3(1), 2. http://doi.org/10.3390/data3010002