Quantifying exercise-induced muscle fatigue by machine learning

Title Quantifying exercise-induced muscle fatigue by machine learning
Summary Exploring machine learning methods on an EMG muscle fatigue pipeline
Keywords EMG, Machine Learning, Fatigue
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Supervisor Jens Lundström
Level Master
Status Open

Electromyography (EMG), the measurement of the electrical activity in the muscles as a response to nerve stimulation is an advanced and prominent tool for assessing muscle fatigue. During sports it is important to assess exactly when and to which extent muscle fatigue occurs in order to optimize recovery, effort distribution, and planning of the training process. Relative to manual rules machine learning has been shown to be highly effective to characterize and detect muscle fatigue, yet a few challenges remain despite the success of surface-based EMG. Variability between subjects and sensor placements pose signals complexity and analysis could potentially benefit from the more recent and advanced machine learning methods such as advanced time-series models and the concept of attention. This project is about surveying and exploring state-of-the-art methods and systematically, theoretically, and practically test the applicability and performance of more recent machine learning methods on an existing EMG to muscle fatigue pipeline. Also, the use of XAI for the characterization of the signals is desired to develop the interpretation of the developed models. You will be working with a local startup sports-tech company and the work also included to do hands-on experiments with sensors and embedded systems.