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Activity Recognition Based on Home to Home Transfer Learning
Parisa Rashidi, Diane J. Cook

Last modified: 2010-07-07


Activity recognition plays an important role in many areas such as smart environments by offering unprecedented opportunities for assisted living, automation, security and energy efficiency. It’s also an essential component for planning and plan recognition in smart environments. One challenge of activity recognition is the need for collecting and annotating huge amounts of data for each new physical setting in order to be able to carry out the conventional activity discovery and recognition algorithms. This extensive initial phase of data collection and annotation results in a prolonged installation process and excessive time investment for each new space. In this paper we propose a new method of transferring learned knowledge of activities to a new physical space in order to leverage the learning process in the new environment. Our method called ”Home to Home Transfer Learning” (HHTL) is based on using a semi EM framework and modeling activities using structural, temporal and spatial features. This method allows us to avoid the tedious task of collecting and labeling huge amounts of data in the target space, and allows for a more accelerated and more scalable deployment cycle in the real world. It also allows us to exploit the insights learned in previous spaces. To validate our algorithms, we use the data collected in several smart apartments with different physical layouts.

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