Human activity recognition using penalized support vector machines and hidden Markov models




Multisensor, data fusion, primitive motion, machine learning, overlapping databases


Human activity detection has evolved due to the advances and developments of machine learning techniques, which have enabled solutions to new challenges without ignoring prevalent difficulties that need to be addressed. One of the challenges is the learning model’s sensitivity regarding the unbalanced, atypical, and overlapping information that directly affects the performance of the model. This article evaluates a methodology for the classification of human activities that penalizes defective information. The methodology is carried out through two redundant classifiers, a penalized support vector machine that detects the sub-movements (micro-movements) and the Marvok Hidden Model that predicts the activity given the micro- movements sequence. The performance of the method was compared with state-of-the-art techniques, and the findings suggested significative advance in the detection of micro-movements compared to the data obtained with non-penalized paradigms. In this research, an adequate performance is found in the classification of primitive movements, with hit rates of 95.15% for the Kinect One®, 96.86% for the IMU sensor network, and 67.51% for the EMG sensor network.

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Author Biographies

Leidy Esperanza Pamplona-Beron, Universidad Santiago de Cali

Msc Electric Engineering

Carlos Alberto Henao Baena, Centro de Atención Sector Agropecuario SENA

Tecnoparque- Nodo Pereira, Telecomunications and Electronic School

Andrés Felipe Calvo-Salcedo, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

M. S Electric Engineering 


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How to Cite

Pamplona-Beron, L. E., Henao Baena, C. A., & Calvo-Salcedo, A. F. (2021). Human activity recognition using penalized support vector machines and hidden Markov models. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (103), 152–163.