An Intelligent Cost-Efficient System to Prevent the Improper Posture Hazards in Offices Using Machine Learning Algorithms

Comput Intell Neurosci. 2022 Aug 18;2022:7957148. doi: 10.1155/2022/7957148. eCollection 2022.


In this research, an intelligent and cost-efficient system has been proposed to detect the improper sitting posture of a person working at a desk, mostly in offices, using machine learning classification techniques. The current era demands to avoid the harms of an improper posture as it, when prolonged, is very painful and can be fatal sometimes. This study also includes a comparison of two arrangements. Arrangement 01 includes six force-sensitive resistor (FSR) sensors alone, and it is less expensive. Arrangement 02 consists of two FSR sensors and one ultrasonic sensor embedded in the back seat of a chair. The K-nearest neighbor (KNN), Naive Bayes, logistic regression, and random forest algorithms are used to augment the gain and enhanced accuracy for posture detection. The improper postures recognized in this study are backward-leaning, forward-leaning, left-leaning, and right-leaning. The presented results validate the proposed system as the accuracy of 99.8% is achieved using a smaller number of sensors that make the proposed prototype cost-efficient with improved accuracy and lower execution time. The proposed model is of a dire need for employees working in offices or even at the residential level to make it convenient to work for hours without having severe effects of improper posture and prolonged sitting.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Bayes Theorem
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Humans
  • Machine Learning*
  • Posture*