Machine learning methods for classifying human physical activity from on-body accelerometers

Sensors (Basel). 2010;10(2):1154-75. doi: 10.3390/s100201154. Epub 2010 Feb 1.


The use of on-body wearable sensors is widespread in several academic and industrial domains. Of great interest are their applications in ambulatory monitoring and pervasive computing systems; here, some quantitative analysis of human motion and its automatic classification are the main computational tasks to be pursued. In this paper, we discuss how human physical activity can be classified using on-body accelerometers, with a major emphasis devoted to the computational algorithms employed for this purpose. In particular, we motivate our current interest for classifiers based on Hidden Markov Models (HMMs). An example is illustrated and discussed by analysing a dataset of accelerometer time series.

Keywords: Hidden Markov Models; accelerometers; human physical activity; machine learning; motion analysis; statistical pattern recognition; wearable sensors.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence*
  • Human Activities / classification*
  • Humans
  • Markov Chains