Recognizing Parkinsonian gait pattern by exploiting fine-grained movement function features

Tianben Wang, Zhu Wang, Daqing Zhang, Tao Gu, Hongbo Ni, Jiangbo Jia, Xingshe Zhou, Jing Lv

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the typical movement disorder diseases among elderly people, which has a serious impact on their daily lives. In this article, we propose a novel computation framework to recognize gait patterns in patients with PD. The key idea of our approach is to distinguish gait patterns in PD patients from healthy individuals by accurately extracting gait features that capture all three aspects of movement functions, that is, stability, symmetry, and harmony. The proposed framework contains three steps: gait phase discrimination, feature extraction and selection, and pattern classification. In the first step, we put forward a sliding window-based method to discriminate four gait phases from plantar pressure data. Based on the gait phases, we extract and select gait features that characterize stability, symmetry, and harmony of movement functions. Finally, we recognize PD gait patterns by applying a hybrid classification model. We evaluate the framework using an open dataset that contains real plantar pressure data of 93 PD patients and 72 healthy individuals. Experimental results demonstrate that our framework significantly outperforms the four baseline approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Number of pages22
JournalACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Parkinson's disease
  • Gait phases
  • Gait stability
  • Gait symmetry
  • Gait harmony
  • Gait pattern recognition


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