Efficient human activity recognition using a single wearable sensor

Jianchao Lu, Xi Zheng*, Michael Sheng, Jiong Jin, Shui Yu

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A reliable recognition of human activities using IoT devices (e.g., on-body wearable sensors) enables various applications, such as fitness tracking, bad habit detecting, healthcare support and elder care support. However, inaccurate results may cause an adverse effect on users or even an unpredictable accident. In order to improve the accuracy in the daily life activities classification, we propose in this paper countable and uncountable activities to better facilitate the understanding of the nature of daily life activities. We design global and local features and their integrated feature set for classifying countable and uncountable activities. The key idea is to examine human daily life activities from different perspectives and attempt to give a comprehensive description of the characteristics of each activity through leveraging the global and local features. By using only one simple accelerometer, our approach is evaluated to be able to recognize daily life activities with higher accuracy than the state of the art, based on one self-collected and another public available dataset.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 May 2020

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