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Sensors 2016, 16(12), 2048;

Wearable Sensor-Based Human Activity Recognition Method with Multi-Features Extracted from Hilbert-Huang Transform

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Department of Automation, Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology (TNList), Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Key Laboratory of Dependable Service Computing in Cyber Physical Society Ministry of Education, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
School of Computer and Control, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
School of Software Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Kamiar Aminian
Received: 7 September 2016 / Revised: 17 November 2016 / Accepted: 21 November 2016 / Published: 2 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Body Worn Behavior Sensing)
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Wearable sensors-based human activity recognition introduces many useful applications and services in health care, rehabilitation training, elderly monitoring and many other areas of human interaction. Existing works in this field mainly focus on recognizing activities by using traditional features extracted from Fourier transform (FT) or wavelet transform (WT). However, these signal processing approaches are suitable for a linear signal but not for a nonlinear signal. In this paper, we investigate the characteristics of the Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) for dealing with activity data with properties such as nonlinearity and non-stationarity. A multi-features extraction method based on HHT is then proposed to improve the effect of activity recognition. The extracted multi-features include instantaneous amplitude (IA) and instantaneous frequency (IF) by means of empirical mode decomposition (EMD), as well as instantaneous energy density (IE) and marginal spectrum (MS) derived from Hilbert spectral analysis. Experimental studies are performed to verify the proposed approach by using the PAMAP2 dataset from the University of California, Irvine for wearable sensors-based activity recognition. Moreover, the effect of combining multi-features vs. a single-feature are investigated and discussed in the scenario of a dependent subject. The experimental results show that multi-features combination can further improve the performance measures. Finally, we test the effect of multi-features combination in the scenario of an independent subject. Our experimental results show that we achieve four performance indexes: recall, precision, F-measure, and accuracy to 0.9337, 0.9417, 0.9353, and 0.9377 respectively, which are all better than the achievements of related works. View Full-Text
Keywords: activity recognition; Hilbert-Huang transform; feature extraction; wearable sensors activity recognition; Hilbert-Huang transform; feature extraction; wearable sensors

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Xu, H.; Liu, J.; Hu, H.; Zhang, Y. Wearable Sensor-Based Human Activity Recognition Method with Multi-Features Extracted from Hilbert-Huang Transform. Sensors 2016, 16, 2048.

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