Physical Activity Recognition from Smartphone Embedded Sensors

  • João Prudêncio
  • Ana Aguiar
  • Daniel Lucani
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7887)


The ubiquity of smartphones has motivated efforts to use the embedded sensors to detect various aspects of user context to transparently provide personalized and contextualized services to the user. One relevant piece of context is the physical activity of the smartphone user. In this paper, we propose a novel set of features for distinguishing five physical activities using only sensors embedded in the smartphone. Specifically, we introduce features that are normalized using the orientation sensor such that horizontal and vertical movements are explicitly computed. We evaluate a neural network classifier in experiments in the wild with multiple users and hardware, we achieve accuracies above 90% for a single user and phone, and above 65% for multiple users, which is higher that similar works on the same set of activities, demonstrating the potential of our approach.


Physical activity accelerometer classifier smartphone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • João Prudêncio
    • 1
  • Ana Aguiar
    • 2
  • Daniel Lucani
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto de TelecomunicaçõesPortoPortugal
  3. 3.University of AalborgDenmark

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