Textile Pressure Mapping (TPM) for Pervasive and Wearable Activity Recognition: Sensing, Framework and Applications

  • Planar force or pressure is a fundamental physical aspect during any people-vs-people and people-vs-environment activities and interactions. It is as significant as the more established linear and angular acceleration (usually acquired by inertial measurement units). There have been several studies involving planar pressure in the discipline of activity recognition, as reviewed in the first chapter. These studies have shown that planar pressure is a promising sensing modality for activity recognition. However, they still take a niche part in the entire discipline, using ad hoc systems and data analysis methods. Mostly these studies were not followed by further elaborative works. The situation calls for a general framework that can help push planar pressure sensing into the mainstream. This dissertation systematically investigates using planar pressure distribution sensing technology for ubiquitous and wearable activity recognition purposes. We propose a generic Textile Pressure Mapping (TPM) Framework, which encapsulates (1) design knowledge and guidelines, (2) a multi-layered tool including hardware, software and algorithms, and (3) an ensemble of empirical study examples. Through validation with various empirical studies, the unified TPM framework covers the full scope of application recognition, including the ambient, object, and wearable subspaces. The hardware part constructs a general architecture and implementations in the large-scale and mobile directions separately. The software toolkit consists of four heterogeneous tiers: driver, data processing, machine learning, visualization/feedback. The algorithm chapter describes generic data processing techniques and a unified TPM feature set. The TPM framework offers a universal solution for other researchers and developers to evaluate TPM sensing modality in their application scenarios. The significant findings from the empirical studies have shown that TPM is a versatile sensing modality. Specifically, in the ambient subspace, a sports mat or carpet with TPM sensors embedded underneath can distinguish different sports activities or different people's gait based on the dynamic change of body-print; a pressure sensitive tablecloth can detect various dining actions by the force propagated from the cutlery through the plates to the tabletop. In the object subspace, swirl office chairs with TPM sensors under the cover can be used to detect the seater's real-time posture; TPM can be used to detect emotion-related touch interactions for smart objects, toys or robots. In the wearable subspace, TPM sensors can be used to perform pressure-based mechanomyography to detect muscle and body movement; it can also be tailored to cover the surface of a soccer shoe to distinguish different kicking angles and intensities. All the empirical evaluations have resulted in accuracies well-above the chance level of the corresponding number of classes, e.g., the `swirl chair' study has classification accuracy of 79.5% out of 10 posture classes and in the `soccer shoe' study the accuracy is 98.8% among 17 combinations of angle and intensity.

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Author:Bo Zhou
URN (permanent link):urn:nbn:de:hbz:386-kluedo-57822
Serie (Series number):Schriftenreihe / Fachbereich Informatik (D386)
Advisor:Paul Lukowicz, Albrecht Schmidt
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Language of publication:English
Publication Date:2019/11/04
Year of Publication:2019
Publishing Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Granting Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Acceptance Date of the Thesis:2019/10/29
Date of the Publication (Server):2019/11/05
Tag:Application Framework; Planar Pressure; Sensing; Smart Textile
GND-Keyword:Framework; Sensing
Number of page:109
Faculties / Organisational entities:Fachbereich Informatik
CCS-Classification (computer science):A. General Literature
DDC-Cassification:0 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft / 004 Informatik
MSC-Classification (mathematics):68-XX COMPUTER SCIENCE (For papers involving machine computations and programs in a specific mathematical area, see Section {04 in that areag 68-00 General reference works (handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies, etc.)
Licence (German):Creative Commons 4.0 - Namensnennung, nicht kommerziell (CC BY-NC 4.0)