Impact of Sensor Misplacement on Dynamic Time Warping Based Human Activity Recognition using Wearable Computers. Conference Paper uri icon


  • Daily living activity monitoring is important for early detection of the onset of many diseases and for improving quality of life especially in elderly. A wireless wearable network of inertial sensor nodes can be used to observe daily motions. Continuous stream of data generated by these sensor networks can be used to recognize the movements of interest. Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) is a widely used signal processing method for time-series pattern matching because of its robustness to variations in time and speed as opposed to other template matching methods. Despite this flexibility, for the application of activity recognition, DTW can only find the similarity between the template of a movement and the incoming samples, when the location and orientation of the sensor remains unchanged. Due to this restriction, small sensor misplacements can lead to a decrease in the classification accuracy. In this work, we adopt DTW distance as a feature for real-time detection of human daily activities like sit to stand in the presence of sensor misplacement. To measure this performance of DTW, we need to create a large number of sensor configurations while the sensors are rotated or misplaced. Creating a large number of closely spaced sensors is impractical. To address this problem, we use the marker based optical motion capture system and generate simulated inertial sensor data for different locations and orientations on the body. We study the performance of the DTW under these conditions to determine the worst-case sensor location variations that the algorithm can accommodate.

name of conference

  • Proceedings of the conference on Wireless Health

published proceedings

  • Proc Wirel Health

author list (cited authors)

  • Kale, N., Lee, J., Lotfian, R., & Jafari, R.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Kale, Nimish||Lee, Jaeseong||Lotfian, Reza||Jafari, Roozbeh

publication date

  • January 2012