Online human movement classification using wrist-worn wireless sensors


The monitoring and analysis of human motion can provide valuable information for various applications. This work gives a comprehensive overview about existing methods, and a prototype system is also presented, capable of detecting different human arm and body movements using wrist-mounted wireless sensors. The wireless units are equipped with three tri-axial sensors, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a magnetometer. Data acquisition was done for multiple activities with the help of the used prototype system. A new online classification algorithm was developed, which enables easy implementation on the used hardware. To explore the optimal configuration, multiple datasets were tested using different feature extraction approaches, sampling frequencies, processing window widths, and used sensor combinations. The applied datasets were constructed using data collected with the help of multiple subjects. Results show that nearly 100% recognition rate can be achieved on training data, while almost 90% can be reached on validation data, which were not utilized during the training of the classifiers. This shows high correlation in the movements of different persons, since the training and validation datasets were constructed of data from different subjects.

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The publication is supported by the European Union and co-funded by the European Social Fund. Project title: “Telemedicine-focused research activities on the field of Mathematics, Informatics and Medical sciences” Project number: TÁMOP-4.2.2.A-11/1/KONV-2012-0073.

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Sarcevic, P., Kincses, Z. & Pletl, S. Online human movement classification using wrist-worn wireless sensors. J Ambient Intell Human Comput 10, 89–106 (2019).

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  • Activity recognition
  • Wearable sensors
  • Feature extraction
  • Time-domain analysis
  • Dimension reduction