Productivity Measurement through IMU-Based Detailed Activity Recognition Using Machine Learning: A Case Study of Masonry Work. Academic Article uri icon


  • Although measuring worker productivity is crucial, the measurement of the productivity of each worker is challenging due to their dispersion across various construction jobsites. This paper presents a framework for measuring productivity based on an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and activity classification. Two deep learning algorithms and three sensor combinations were utilized to identify and analyze the feasibility of the framework in masonry work. Using the proposed method, worker activity classification could be performed with a maximum accuracy of 96.70% using the convolutional neural network model with multiple sensors, and a minimum accuracy of 72.11% using the long short-term memory (LSTM) model with a single sensor. Productivity could be measured with an accuracy of up to 96.47%. The main contributions of this study are the proposal of a method for classifying detailed activities and an exploration of the effect of the number of IMU sensors used in measuring worker productivity.

published proceedings

  • Sensors (Basel)

author list (cited authors)

  • Hong, S., Ham, Y., Chun, J., & Kim, H.

complete list of authors

  • Hong, Sungkook||Ham, Youngjib||Chun, Jaeyoul||Kim, Hyunsoo

publication date

  • September 2023