aHead: Considering the Head Position in a Multi-sensory Setup of Wearables to Recognize Everyday Activities with Intelligent Sensor Fusions

  • Marian Haescher
  • John Trimpop
  • Denys J. C. Matthies
  • Gerald Bieber
  • Bodo Urban
  • Thomas Kirste
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9170)


In this paper we examine the feasibility of Human Activity Recognition (HAR) based on head mounted sensors, both as stand-alone sensors and as part of a wearable multi-sensory network. To prove the feasibility of such setting, an interactive online HAR-system has been implemented to enable for multi-sensory activity recognition while making use of a hierarchical sensor fusion. Our system incorporates 3 sensor positions distributed over the body, which are head (smart glasses), wrist (smartwatch), and hip (smartphone). We are able to reliably distinguish 7 daily activities, which are: resting, being active, walking, running, jumping, cycling and office work. The results of our field study with 14 participants clearly indicate that the head position is applicable for HAR. Moreover, we demonstrate an intelligent multi-sensory fusion concept that increases the recognition performance up to 86.13 % (recall). Furthermore, we found the head to possess very distinctive movement patterns regarding activities of daily living.


Human activity recognition HAR Human computer interaction Pattern recognition Multi-Sensory Wearable computing Mobile assistance 



This research has been supported by the German Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the European Social Fund; grant ESF/IV-BM-B35-0006/12.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marian Haescher
    • 1
  • John Trimpop
    • 1
  • Denys J. C. Matthies
    • 1
  • Gerald Bieber
    • 1
  • Bodo Urban
    • 1
  • Thomas Kirste
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer IGDRostockGermany
  2. 2.University of RostockRostockGermany

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