Numerous methods and applications have been proposed in human activity recognition (HAR). This paper presents a mini-survey of recent HAR studies and our originally developed benchmark datasets of two types using environmental sensors. For the first dataset, we specifically examine human pose estimation and slight motion recognition related to activities of daily living (ADL). Our proposed method employs OpenPose. It describes feature vectors without effects of objects or scene features, but with a convolutional neural network (CNN) with the VGG-16 backbone, which recognizes behavior patterns after classifying the obtained images into learning and verification subsets. The first dataset comprises time-series panoramic images obtained using a fisheye lens monocular camera with a wide field of view. We attempted to recognize five behavior patterns: eating, reading, operating a smartphone, operating a laptop computer, and sitting. Even when using panoramic images including distortions, results demonstrate the capability of recognizing properties and characteristics of slight motions and pose-based behavioral patterns. The second dataset was obtained using five environmental sensors: a thermopile sensor, a CO
sensor, and air pressure, humidity, and temperature sensors. Our proposed sensor system obviates the need for constraint; it also preserves each subject’s privacy. Using a long short-term memory (LSTM) network combined with CNN, which is a deep-learning model dealing with time-series features, we recognized eight behavior patterns: eating, operating a laptop computer, operating a smartphone, playing a game, reading, exiting, taking a nap, and sitting. The recognition accuracy for the second dataset was lower than for the first dataset consisting of images, but we demonstrated recognition of behavior patterns from time-series of weak sensor signals. The recognition results for the first dataset, after accuracy evaluation, can be reused for automatically annotated labels applied to the second dataset. Our proposed method actualizes semi-automatic annotation, false recognized category detection, and sensor calibration. Feasibility study results show the new possibility of HAR used for ADL based on unique sensors of two types.
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