Towards Habit Recognition in Smart Homes for People with Dementia

  • Gibson ChimamiwaEmail author
  • Marjan Alirezaie
  • Hadi Banaee
  • Uwe Köckemann
  • Amy Loutfi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11912)


The demand for smart home technologies that enable ageing in place is rising. Through activity recognition, users’ activities can be monitored. However, for dementia patients, activity recognition alone cannot address the challenges associated with changes in the user’s habits along the disease’s stage transitions. Extending activity recognition to habit recognition enables the capturing of patients’ habits and changes in habits in order to detect anomalies. This paper aims to introduce relevant features for habit recognition solutions, extracted from data, in order to enrich the representation of the user’s habits. This solution is personalisable to meet the specific needs of the patients and generalizable for use in different scenarios. In this way caregivers are better informed on the expected changes of the patient’s habits, which can help to mitigate further deterioration through early treatment and intervention.


Habit recognition Dementia Smart homes 



This work has been supported by both the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754285, and the distributed research environment E-care@home funded by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation (KKS), 2015–2019.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gibson Chimamiwa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marjan Alirezaie
    • 1
  • Hadi Banaee
    • 1
  • Uwe Köckemann
    • 1
  • Amy Loutfi
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS)ÖrebroSweden

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