Recognizing independent and joint activities among multiple residents in smart environments

  • Geetika Singla
  • Diane J. CookEmail author
  • Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
Original Research


The pervasive sensing technologies found in smart homes offer unprecedented opportunities for providing health monitoring and assistance to individuals experiencing difficulties living independently at home. A primary challenge that needs to be tackled to meet this need is the ability to recognize and track functional activities that people perform in their own homes and everyday settings. In this paper, we look at approaches to perform real-time recognition of Activities of Daily Living. We enhance other related research efforts to develop approaches that are effective when activities are interrupted and interleaved. To evaluate the accuracy of our recognition algorithms we assess them using real data collected from participants performing activities in our on-campus smart apartment testbed.


Smart environments Passive sensors Activity recognition Multiple residents Parallel activities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geetika Singla
    • 1
  • Diane J. Cook
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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