Feature Selection and Activity Recognition from Wearable Sensors

  • Susanna Pirttikangas
  • Kaori Fujinami
  • Tatsuo Nakajima
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4239)


We describe our data collection and results on activity recognition with wearable, coin-sized sensor devices. The devices were attached to four different parts of the body: right thigh and wrist, left wrist and to a necklace on 13 different testees. In this experiment, data was from 17 daily life examples from male and female subjects. Features were calculated from triaxial accelerometer and heart rate data within different sized time windows. The best features were selected with forward-backward sequential search algorithm. Interestingly, acceleration mean values from the necklace were selected as important features. Two classifiers (multilayer perceptrons and kNN classifiers) were tested for activity recognition, and the best result (90.61 % aggregate recognition rate for 4-fold cross validation) was achieved with a kNN classifier.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna Pirttikangas
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kaori Fujinami
    • 2
  • Tatsuo Nakajima
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Information EngineeringUniversity of OuluFinland
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceWaseda UniversityJapan

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