Pervasive Computing

Volume 3468 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 62-79

Simultaneous Tracking and Activity Recognition (STAR) Using Many Anonymous, Binary Sensors

  • D. H. WilsonAffiliated withRobotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • , C. AtkesonAffiliated withRobotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

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In this paper we introduce the simultaneous tracking and activity recognition (STAR) problem, which exploits the synergy between location and activity to provide the information necessary for automatic health monitoring. Automatic health monitoring can potentially help the elderly population live safely and independently in their own homes by providing key information to caregivers. Our goal is to perform accurate tracking and activity recognition for multiple people in a home environment. We use a “bottom-up” approach that primarily uses information gathered by many minimally invasive sensors commonly found in home security systems. We describe a Rao-Blackwellised particle filter for room-level tracking, rudimentary activity recognition (i.e., whether or not an occupant is moving), and data association. We evaluate our approach with experiments in a simulated environment and in a real instrumented home.