A Novel Approach for Assessing Power Wheelchair Users’ Mobility by Using Curve Fitting

  • Jicheng FuEmail author
  • Fang Li
  • Marcus Ong
  • Tyler Cook
  • Gang Qian
  • Yan Daniel Zhao
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10917)


It is important to assess power wheelchair users’ mobility characteristics, which can provide insights about an individual’s quality of life and health status. For practicality considerations, we propose to use smartphones (particularly, the built-in accelerometer) to collect wheelchair maneuvering data for assessing power wheelchair users’ mobility characteristics. However, accelerometer data demonstrates a wide variety of patterns due to significant noise, which makes it difficult to process using traditional methods. To address these challenges, we developed a novel regression-based curve fitting approach that can transform the un-patterned raw sensor data into a sinusoid-like data curve to facilitate the analysis of wheelchair users’ mobility. To evaluate the proposed approach, we have conducted a series of experiments in an indoor setting, which contains various types of terrains. Experimental results showed that our approach is promising in achieving accurate analysis of wheelchair users’ mobility.


Accelerometer Bout Jerk Kernel regression Mobility Power wheelchair 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jicheng Fu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fang Li
    • 2
  • Marcus Ong
    • 1
  • Tyler Cook
    • 1
  • Gang Qian
    • 1
  • Yan Daniel Zhao
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Central OklahomaEdmondUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA
  3. 3.University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA

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