Recognising human activity in free-living using multiple body-worn accelerometers

FULLERTON, Elliott, HELLER, Ben and MUNOZ-ORGANERO, Mario (2017). Recognising human activity in free-living using multiple body-worn accelerometers. IEEE Sensors Journal, 17 (16), 5290-5297.

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    Abstract

    Objectives: Recognising human activity is very useful for an investigator about a patient's behaviour and can aid in prescribing activity in future recommendations. The use of body worn accelerometers has been demonstrated to be an accurate measure of human activity, however research looking at the use of multiple body worn accelerometers in a free living environment to recognise a wide range of activities is not evident. This study aimed to successfully recognise activity and sub-category activity types through the use of multiple body worn accelerometers in a free living environment. Method: Ten participants (Age = 23.1 ± 1.7 years, height =171.0 ± 4.7 cm, mass = 78.2 ± 12.5 Kg) wore nine body-worn accelerometers for a day of free living. Activity type was identified through the use of a wearable camera, and sub category activities were quantified through a combination of free-living and controlled testing. A variety of machine learning techniques consisting of pre-processing algorithms, feature and classifier selections were tested, accuracy and computing time were reported. Results: A fine k-nearest neighbour classifier with mean and standard deviation features of unfiltered data reported a recognition accuracy of 97.6%. Controlled and free-living testing provided highly accurate recognition for sub-category activities (>95.0%). Decision tree classifiers and maximum features demonstrated to have the lowest computing time. Conclusions: Results show recognition of activity and sub-category activity types is possible in a free living environment through the use of multiple body worn accelerometers. This method can aid in prescribing recommendations for activity and sedentary periods for healthy living.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2017.2722105
    Page Range: 5290-5297
    Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
    Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 09:45
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2019 18:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16047

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