Ting Zhang, Wenlong Tang and Edward S. Sazonov, 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, San Diego, California USA, August 28 - September 1, 2012, pp. 4353-4356.


Obesity prevention and treatment as well as healthy life style recommendation requires the estimation of everyday physical activity. Monitoring posture allocations and activities with sensor systems is an effective method to achieve the goal. However, at present, most devices available rely on multiple sensors distributed on the body, which might be too obtrusive for everyday use. In this study,  data was collected from a wearable shoe sensor system (SmartShoe) and a decision tree algorithm was applied for classification with high computational accuracy. The dataset was collected from 9 individual subjects performing 6 different activities—sitting, standing, walking, cycling, and stairs ascent/descent. Statistical features were calculated and the classification with decision tree classifier was performed, after which, advanced boosting algorithm was applied. The computational accuracy is as high as 98.85% without boosting, and 98.90% after boosting. Additionally, the simple tree  structure provides a direct approach to simplify the feature set.