Classification of fatigue phases in healthy and diabetic adults using wearable sensor

Lilia Aljihmani, Oussama Kerdjidj, Yibo Zhu, Ranjana K. Mehta, Madhav Erraguntla, Farzan Sasangohar, Khalid Qaraqe

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Fatigue is defined as “a loss of force-generating capacity” in a muscle that can intensify tremor. Tremor quantification can facilitate early detection of fatigue onset so that preventative or corrective controls can be taken to minimize work-related injuries and improve the performance of tasks that require high-levels of accuracy. We focused on developing a system that recognizes and classifies voluntary effort and detects phases of fatigue. The experiment was designed to extract and evaluate hand-tremor data during the performance of both rest and effort tasks. The data were collected from the wrist and finger of the participant’s dominant hand. To investigate tremor, time, frequency domain features were extracted from the accelerometer signal for segments of 45 and 90 samples/window. Analysis using advanced signal processing and machine-learning techniques such as decision tree, k-nearest neighbor, support vector machine, and ensemble classifiers were applied to discover models to classify rest and effort tasks and the phases of fatigue. Evaluation of the classifier’s performance was assessed based on various metrics using 5-fold cross-validation. The recognition of rest and effort tasks using an ensemble classifier based on the random subspace and window length of 45 samples was deemed to be the most accurate (96.1%). The highest accuracy (~98%) that distinguished between early and late fatigue phases was achieved using the same classifier and window length.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6897
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • Accelerometer
  • Classification
  • Fatigue
  • Machine learning
  • Physiological tremor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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