The Smart Insole: A Pilot Study of Fall Detection

  • Xiaoye Qian
  • Haoyou Cheng
  • Diliang Chen
  • Quan Liu
  • Huan Chen
  • Haotian Jiang
  • Ming-Chun HuangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 297)


Falls are common events among human beings and raised a global health problem. Wearable sensors can provide quantitative assessments for fall-based movements. Automatic fall detection systems based on the wearable sensors are becoming popular in recent years. This paper proposes a new fall detection system based on the smart insole. Each smart insole contains pressure a pressure sensor array and can provide abundant pressure information during the daily activities. According to such information, the system can successfully distinguish the fall from other activities of daily livings (ADLs) using deep learning algorithms. To reduce the computational complexity through the classifiers, the raw data for each sensor in the time windows are utilized. Furthermore, the deep visualization approach is applied to provide an intuitive explanation of how the deep learning system works on distinguishing the fall events. Both quantitative and qualitative experiments are demonstrated in this paper to prove the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed fall detection system.


Pressure sensor array Fall detection Deep learning Smart insole Deep visualization 



The paper was carried out with support from the IoT Collaborative and the Cleveland Foundation and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation: Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Research Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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