Published On: 02-01-2009

As part of an interdisciplinary collaboration on eldercare monitoring, a sensor suite for the home has been augmented with video cameras. Multiple cameras are used to view the same environment and the world is quantized into nonoverlapping volume elements (voxels). Through the use of silhouettes, a privacy protected image representation of the human acquired from multiple cameras, a 3-D representation of the human is built in real time, called voxel person. Features are extracted from voxel person and fuzzy logic is used to reason about the membership degree of a predetermined number of states at each frame. Fuzzy logic enables human activity, which is inherently fuzzy and case-based, to be reliably modeled. Membership values provide the foundation for rejecting unknown activities, something that nearly all current approaches are insufficient in doing. We discuss temporal fuzzy confidence curves for the common elderly abnormal activity of falling. The automated system is also compared to a ground truth acquired by a human. The proposed soft computing activity analysis framework is extremely flexible. Rules can be modified, added, or removed, allowing per-resident customization based on knowledge about their cognitive and functionality ability. To the best of our knowledge, this is a new application of fuzzy logic in a novel approach to modeling and monitoring human activity, in particular, the well-being of an elderly resident, from video.

Anderson D., Luke R.H., Keller J.M., Skubic M., Rantz M. & Aud M. (2009). Modeling human activity from voxel person using fuzzy logicIEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, 17(1), 39-49.

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