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Invited paper: Hierarchical activity recognition with smartwatch IMU

Alevizaki, Ada, Pham, Nhat and Trigoni, Niki 2023. Invited paper: Hierarchical activity recognition with smartwatch IMU. Presented at: 24th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking, Kharagpur, India, 4-7 January 2023. ICDCN '23: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking. New York, US: Association for Computing Machinery, 48–57. 10.1145/3571306.3571390

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Advances in the area of ubiquitous computing have paved the way for a plethora of mobile applications operating in smart devices that aim to assist various aspects of everyday life. In the context of human-environment interaction in smart homes, remote monitoring of older adults, or general improvement of daily habits, the estimation of human activities in real-time and in the appropriate context is becoming of increasing importance. At the same time, the ever-increasing capabilities of smartwatches and their premium wrist-attached placement makes them an exciting tool for solving the above problem even for tasks of high manual dexterity. In this work, we propose a hierarchical framework on smartwatch IMU data to learn activities of daily living in varying granularity: from high-level, generic descriptions to low-level detailed activities. We employ a swarm of CNN-LSTM-based classifiers across N hierarchy levels, trained with a set of features tailored to each task addressed. Our proposed hierarchical method achieves tangible improvement in classification accuracy and up to 4x speed-up in inference times compared to the standard non-hierarchical approach. We also contribute a new dataset of smartwatch IMU data used to build and evaluate our method, so that future research in the community can benefit from it.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
ISBN: 9781450397964
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2023 14:15

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