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Studying relationships between human posture and health risk factors during sedentary activities
Studying Relationships between Human Posture and Health Risk Factors during Sedentary Activities

Tejas Srinivasan

Mentors: Vladimir Pavlovic

Saehoon Yi


Problem
Problem Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • With suboptimal posture, sedentary activities for long hours can create major health risks

  • Can we discover causes for these health risks through analysis of posture and health of a subject throughout time?


Short term goals
Short-term Goals Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Figure out how to collect and interpret kinematic and biophysical data from Shimmer sensors

  • Develop a system to classify posture from kinematic data


Long term goals
Long-term Goals Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Develop a system to classify health risks from biophysical data

  • Design and execute experiments which can be used to infer information about postural characteristics and health throughout time

  • Analyze data to discover relationships between postural characteristics and health risk factors in order to develop a model


Shimmer sensors
Shimmer Sensors Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Wireless sensor platform

  • Kinematic Sensing

    • 3-axis accelerometer

    • 3-axis gyro

  • Biophysical Sensing

    • Electrocardiography

    • Electromyography

    • Skin conductance / Galvanic skin response


Shimmer sensors1
Shimmer Sensors Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Interface with a computer via bluetooth

  • Bluetooth has a limited radius of 10 meters

  • Uncalibrated accelerometer data was received in terms of mV.

    • Due to our specific goal of classification of posture, calibration of accelerometer data was deemed not necessary.


Methodology placement of sensors
Methodology: Placement of Sensors Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • GSR unit on lower back

  • 9DOF unit on back of neck

  • EMG unit on right arm

  • ECG unit on chest

  • Each sensor was kept in the same orientation each time (the Shimmer logo facing upright).


Methodology classes for posture
Methodology: Classes for Posture Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • We adopted the posture labels used by Dr. Zheng and Dr. Morrell.

    • Leaning forward

    • Slouching

    • Upright

    • Leaning backward


Data collection experiment 1
Data Collection: Experiment 1 Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Four Shimmer units were strapped onto a subject and 3-axis accelerometer data was collected.

  • The format of the resulting data was an n by 12 matrix where n is the number of frames recorded by each sensor.

  • Each of 5 subjects performed the following procedure 25 times.

    • Lean forward for 3 seconds

    • Slouch for 3 seconds

    • Stay upright for 3 seconds

    • Lean back for 3 seconds


Data collection experiment 11
Data Collection: Experiment 1 Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • We segmented the time-series into separate postures for each person.

  • We eventually had 25 time-series samples for each posture per person.

  • Each posture is static and accelerometer signals did not change very much. Thus, we took the average of the accelerometer signals for each time-series sample.

  • The feature vector for a posture was thus a length 12 vector, each component representing the mean of a particular accelerometer signal throughout time.


Example of what data looks like
[Example of what data looks like] Factors during Sedentary Activities


Data collection experiment 2
Data Collection: Experiment 2 Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Collected data on subjects completing more natural, nondeterministic tasks.

  • Each subject followed this script.

    • Lean forward for 5 seconds

    • Stand up and walk around the room for 10 seconds.

    • Bend over to pick something up for 5 seconds.

    • Stand upright and walk back to your chair within 5 seconds.

    • Sit upright for 5 seconds.


Support vector machines svm
Support Vector Machines (SVM) Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Our method of choice for classification of posture

  • An SVM model is built from labeled training data.

  • A feature vector not present in the training data is passed through the model, and the model predicts the vector’s label.


Svm cont
SVM (cont. ) Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Example of SVM in R^2


Svm cont1
SVM (cont. ) Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • SVM generalizes this process to n dimensions, where it finds the hyperplane which maximizes this margin.

  • Classifying into multiple categories can be reduced to several of these binary classification problems

    • One-versus-rest

    • One-verses-one


Svm cont2
SVM (cont.) Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Sometimes, data isn’t best separated linearly, but requires a nonlinear transformation in order to be best separated.

  • This is achieved through kernels which implicitly map the data into a different space. Particularly, if ф is the mapping from one space to another, then K(x,y) = ф(x) · ф(y) is the kernel.

    • The simplest kernel, the linear kernel, is simply the dot product between two vectors and is what is used to linearly separate data.


Svm cont3
SVM (cont.) Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Examples of Kernels

    • Radial Basis Function

    • Polynomial


K nearest neighbor
K-Nearest Neighbor Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Very simple classification method

  • To classify test point x with some training data, find the k closest training points and pick the most frequent training label as the predicted label for x


Our svm model
Our SVM Model Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • For our SVM model, we used a linear kernel.

  • For each of the five subjects, we partitioned their 100 labeled posture samples into 60 samples for training and 40 samples for testing (each posture being represented equally in each partition).


Our svm model cont
Our SVM Model (cont.) Factors during Sedentary Activities


Results experiment 1
Results: Experiment 1 Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • The postures were enumerated as follows: 1 for leaning forward, 2 for slouching, 3 for sitting upright, and 4 for leaning back.

  • For each SVM model we constructed a matrix, M, where Mx,y is the probability that the predicted posture is y given that its labeled posture is x


Results experiment 11
Results: Experiment 1 Factors during Sedentary Activities

Type A

Overall Accuracy: 98%

Type B

Overall Accuracy: 61.9%

Type C

Overall Accuracy: 67.6%

Type D

Overall Accuracy: 92.4%


Results experiment 2
Results: Experiment 2 Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • For the natural activity time series, we had a sliding window with a width of 50 frames and a shift of 25 frames. For each window, we took the mean signal and passed it to the corresponding subject’s SVM model to predict the posture during that window.


Leaning back Factors during Sedentary Activities

Getting back up and sitting in chair

Sitting upright

Walking around the room

Bending over

Slouching

Leaning forward


Analysis
Analysis Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • SVM test results for the static postures

    • The best results were obtained when we trained an SVM model on a particular subject’s training data and tested the model on their testing data set.

    • The worst results were obtained when the set of subjects used for training data and the set of subjects used for test data were disjoint. These results represent the model’s ability to generalize.

    • P(Predicted = 4 | Actual = 1) = 0 and P(Predicted = 1 | Actual = 4) = 0 in all instances


Analysis cont
Analysis (cont.) Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • For every misclassified data point, x, in the Type B testing data, we performed the following procedure

    • Data point x, whose labeled posture was a, was misclassified as p in the Type B setting. For the model’s training data, we looked at the average posture vector for a, μa, and for p, μp.

    • We compared D(x,μa) and D(x,μp) with Euclidean metric.

  • In most cases (~80%), we found that D(x, μa) > D(x, μp)

  • This result demonstrates that the misclassified data points in Type B were often closer to the training subject’s mean vector for the predicted label than for the actual label.

  • We classified the same data from Type B with kNN and the resulting accuracy matrix was very similar to the SVM matrix.

KNN Accuracy Matrix

SVM Accuracy Matrix


Analysis cont1
Analysis (cont.) Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • For Type C, we found that with the previous procedure, only ~40% of the misclassified data points were closer to their predicted mean posture vector than their labeled mean posture vector in the training data.

    • Note that this is completely possible with SVM since it does not take any sort of distance into account.

  • As expected, after performing kNN on the training and testing data for Type C, the kNN accuracy matrix didn’t coincide with the SVM matrix very much.

KNN Accuracy Matrix

SVM Accuracy Matrix


Analysis cont2
Analysis (cont.) Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • The Type C models involved data from four subjects. It’s possible that the linear kernel was too simple a model to generalize the data.

  • While the RBF kernel with various parameters didn’t outperform the linear kernel, the polynomial kernel did slightly outperform the linear kernel with an accuracy of 69.4%.

Type C: Linear Kernel

Type C: Polynomial Kernel (Degree = 10)


Analysis1
Analysis Factors during Sedentary Activities


Conclusions
Conclusions Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • We used SVM to classify postures accurately when the training and test data were collected from the same set of people.

  • The SVM model had problems generalizing to people beyond its training data as shown in results from Type B and C experiments.

    • Accuracies for leaning forward and leaning back were still fairly high.

    • Accuracies for slouching and staying upright were very low.


Future goals
Future Goals Factors during Sedentary Activities

  • Gather more data

  • Build a classifier for “good” and “bad” posture

  • Begin working towards the second major goal: classification of health risks through biophysical sensors.


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