Multi-level Contrast Network for Wearables-based Joint Activity Segmentation and Recognition

16 Aug 2022  ·  Songpengcheng Xia, Lei Chu, Ling Pei, Wenxian Yu, Robert C. Qiu ·

Human activity recognition (HAR) with wearables is promising research that can be widely adopted in many smart healthcare applications. In recent years, the deep learning-based HAR models have achieved impressive recognition performance. However, most HAR algorithms are susceptible to the multi-class windows problem that is essential yet rarely exploited. In this paper, we propose to relieve this challenging problem by introducing the segmentation technology into HAR, yielding joint activity segmentation and recognition. Especially, we introduce the Multi-Stage Temporal Convolutional Network (MS-TCN) architecture for sample-level activity prediction to joint segment and recognize the activity sequence. Furthermore, to enhance the robustness of HAR against the inter-class similarity and intra-class heterogeneity, a multi-level contrastive loss, containing the sample-level and segment-level contrast, has been proposed to learn a well-structured embedding space for better activity segmentation and recognition performance. Finally, with comprehensive experiments, we verify the effectiveness of the proposed method on two public HAR datasets, achieving significant improvements in the various evaluation metrics.

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