Publication date: Jul 07, 2023
Freezing of Gait (FOG) is a common motor symptom in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). During episodes of FOG, patients suddenly lose their ability to stride as intended. Patient-worn accelerometers can capture information on the patient’s movement during these episodes and machine learning algorithms can potentially classify this data. The combination therefore holds the potential to detect FOG in real-time. In this work I present a simple 1-D convolutional neural network that was trained to detect FOG events in accelerometer data. Model performance was assessed by measuring the success of the model to discriminate normal movement from FOG episodes and resulted in a mean average precision of 0.356 on the private leaderboard on Kaggle. Ultimately, the model ranked 8th out of 1379 teams in the Parkinson’s Freezing of Gait Prediction competition. The results underscore the potential of Deep Learning-based solutions in advancing the field of FOG detection, contributing to improved interventions and management strategies for PD patients.