PressureTransferNet: Human Attribute Guided Dynamic Ground Pressure Profile Transfer using 3D simulated Pressure Maps

1 Aug 2023  ·  Lala Shakti Swarup Ray, Vitor Fortes Rey, Bo Zhou, Sungho Suh, Paul Lukowicz ·

We propose PressureTransferNet, a novel method for Human Activity Recognition (HAR) using ground pressure information. Our approach generates body-specific dynamic ground pressure profiles for specific activities by leveraging existing pressure data from different individuals. PressureTransferNet is an encoder-decoder model taking a source pressure map and a target human attribute vector as inputs, producing a new pressure map reflecting the target attribute. To train the model, we use a sensor simulation to create a diverse dataset with various human attributes and pressure profiles. Evaluation on a real-world dataset shows its effectiveness in accurately transferring human attributes to ground pressure profiles across different scenarios. We visually confirm the fidelity of the synthesized pressure shapes using a physics-based deep learning model and achieve a binary R-square value of 0.79 on areas with ground contact. Validation through classification with F1 score (0.911$\pm$0.015) on physical pressure mat data demonstrates the correctness of the synthesized pressure maps, making our method valuable for data augmentation, denoising, sensor simulation, and anomaly detection. Applications span sports science, rehabilitation, and bio-mechanics, contributing to the development of HAR systems.

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