Date of Award

Fall 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Computing

First Advisor

Ahamed, Sheikh I.

Second Advisor

Madiraju, Praveen

Third Advisor

Kaczmarek, Thomas

Abstract

Gait analysis using smart sensor technology is an important medical diagnostic process and has many applications in rehabilitation, therapy and exercise training. In this thesis, we present a low power wireless smart-shoe system (LPcomS) to analyze different functional postures and characteristics of gait while walking. We have designed and implemented a smart-shoe with a Bluetooth communication module to unobtrusively collect data using smartphone in any environment. With the design of a shoe insole equipped with four pressure sensors, the foot pressure is been collected, and those data are used to obtain accurate gait pattern of a patient. With our proposed portable sensing system and effective low power communication algorithm, the smart-shoe system enables detailed gait analysis. Experimentation and verification is conducted on multiple subjects with different gait including free gait. The sensor outputs, with gait analysis acquired from the experiment, are presented in this thesis.