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Real-world speed estimation using single trunk IMU: methodological challenges for impaired gait patterns

Paraschiv-Ionescu, Anisoara; Soltani, Abolfazl; Aminian, Kamiar


Walking speed (WS) is recognized as an important dimension of functional health and a candidate endpoint for clinical trials. To be adopted as a powerful outcome measure in clinical assessment, WS should be estimated pervasively and accurately in the real-life context. Although current state of the art points to possible solutions, e.g., by using pairing of wearable sensors with dedicated algorithms, the accuracy and robustness of existing algorithms in challenging situations should be carefully considered. This study highlights the main methodological issues for WS estimation using single inertial sensor fixed on trunk (chest/low back) and data recorded in a sample of stroke patients with impaired mobility.

Work performed in the context of Mobilise-D project. This project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 820820. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). Content in this publication reflects the authors’ view and neither IMI nor the European Union, EFPIA, or any Associated Partners are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.


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