Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.


Our team set out to design and prototype a compact electromyography (EMG) device that measures and records electrical signals associated with muscle activity. The EMG device designed in this project begins at the electrode assembly, where input signals from the muscles are amplified. The signal is transmitted to a central signal processing electrical board. The signal enters a filtering stage before being digitized by an analog to digital converter. The microcontroller is responsible for receiving, processing, and sending the digital signal, which is converted from the microcontroller’s UART communication to serial USB format and sent to a computer through a USB communication cable. Using MATLAB, the signal data can be transferred into a computer platform to be used in other applications.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering