TitleIdentifying Free-Living Physical Activities Using Lab-Based Models with Wearable Accelerometers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsDutta, A, Ma, O, Toledo, MJ, Pregonero, AFlorez, Ainsworth, BE, Buman, MP, Bliss, DW
JournalSensors (Basel)
Date Published2018 Nov 12
KeywordsAccelerometry, Adolescent, Adult, Exercise, Female, Humans, Machine Learning, Male, Markov Chains, Middle Aged, Monitoring, Physiologic, Wearable Electronic Devices, Young Adult

The purpose of this study was to classify, and model various physical activities performed by a diverse group of participants in a supervised lab-based protocol and utilize the model to identify physical activity in a free-living setting. Wrist-worn accelerometer data were collected from ( N = 152 ) adult participants; age 18⁻64 years, and processed the data to identify and model unique physical activities performed by the participants in controlled settings. The Gaussian mixture model (GMM) and the hidden Markov model (HMM) algorithms were used to model the physical activities with time and frequency-based accelerometer features. An overall model accuracy of 92.7% and 94.7% were achieved to classify 24 physical activities using GMM and HMM, respectively. The most accurate model was then used to identify physical activities performed by 20 participants, each recorded for two free-living sessions of approximately six hours each. The free-living activity intensities were estimated with 80% accuracy and showed the dominance of stationary and light intensity activities in 36 out of 40 recorded sessions. This work proposes a novel activity recognition process to identify unsupervised free-living activities using lab-based classification models. In summary, this study contributes to the use of wearable sensors to identify physical activities and estimate energy expenditure in free-living settings.

Alternate JournalSensors (Basel)
PubMed ID30424512
PubMed Central IDPMC6263387