Nonlinear analysis to quantify movement variability in human-humanoid interaction


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Xochicale, Miguel (2019). Nonlinear analysis to quantify movement variability in human-humanoid interaction. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Nonlinear analysis can be applied to investigate the dynamics of time-ordered data. Such dynamics relate to sensorimotor variability in the context of human-humanoid interaction. Hence, this dissertation not only explores questions such as how to quantify movement variability or which methods of nonlinear analysis are appropriate to quantify movement variability but also how methods of nonlinear analysis are affected by real-world time series data (e.g. non-stationary, data length size, sensor sources or noise). Methods are explored to determine embedding parameters, reconstructed state spaces, recurrence plots and recurrence quantification analysis. Additionally, this thesis presents three dimensional surface plots of recurrence quantification analysis with which to consider the variation of embedded parameters and recurrence thresholds. These show that three dimensional surface plots of Shannon entropy might be a suitable approach to understand the dynamics of real-world time series data. This thesis opens new avenues of applications in human-humanoid interaction where humanoid robots can be pre-programmed with nonlinear analysis algorithms to evaluate, for instance, the improvement of movement performances, to quantify and provide feedback of skill learning or to quantify movement adaptations and pathologies.

This PhD thesis is open access under the licence of Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 4.0 International and code and data is available at mxochicale/phd-thesis/ (Xochicale, 2019). The github repository has been created to make this work reproducible and perhaps help others to advance this field. Throughout the thesis links to R code (6) are provided in the caption of figures in order to reproduce their results. See Appendix A for details on how code and data is organised and how results can be replicated in this thesis.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-Share Alike 4.0
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Engineering
Funders: Other
Other Funders: Mexican National Council of Science and Technology, University of Birmingham
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)


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