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ADL™: A Topic Model for Recognition of Activities of Daily Living in a SmartHome

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
EditorsSubbarao Kambhampati
Publisher or commissioning bodyAAAI Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-57735-770-4
DatePublished - 15 Jul 2016


We present an unsupervised approach for discovery of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) in a smart home. Activity discovery is an important enabling technology, for example to tackle the healthcare requirements of elderly people in their homes. The technique applied most often is supervised learning, which relies on expensive labelled data and lacks the flexibility to discover unseen activities. Building on ideas from text mining, we present a powerful topic model and a segmentation algorithm that can learn from unlabelled sensor data. The model has been evaluated extensively on datasets collected from real smart homes. The results demonstrate that this approach can successfully discover the activities of residents, and can be effectively used in a range of applications such as detection of abnormal activities and monitoring of sleep quality, among many others.

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