Pervasive computing envisions implicit interaction between people and their intelligent environments instead of between individuals and their devices, inevitably leading to groups of individuals interacting with the same intelligent environment. These environments must be aware of user contexts and activities, as well as the contexts and activities of groups of users. Here an application for in-network group activity recognition using only mobile devices and their sensors is presented. Different data abstraction levels for recognition were investigated in terms of recognition rates, power consumption and wireless communication volumes for the devices involved. The results indicate that using locally extracted features for global, multi-user activity recognition is advantageous (10% reduction in energy consumption, theoretically no loss in recognition rates). Using locally classified single-user activities incurred a 47% loss in recognition capabilities, making it unattractive. Local clustering of sensor data indicates potential for group activity recognition with room for improvement (40% reduction in energy consumed, though 20% loss of recognition abilities).


group activity recognition context recognition distributed systems multi-user wearable 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawud Gordon
    • 1
  • Jan-Hendrik Hanne
    • 2
  • Martin Berchtold
    • 2
  • Takashi Miyaki
    • 1
  • Michael Beigl
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Technische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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