Human Activity Recognition by Sequences of Skeleton Features

Heilym Ramirez, Sergio A. Velastin, Paulo Aguayo, Ernesto Fabregas, Gonzalo Farias

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In recent years, much effort has been devoted to the development of applications capable of detecting different types of human activity. In this field, fall detection is particularly relevant, especially for the elderly. On the one hand, some applications use wearable sensors that are integrated into cell phones, necklaces or smart bracelets to detect sudden movements of the person wearing the device. The main drawback of these types of systems is that these devices must be placed on a person’s body. This is a major drawback because they can be uncomfortable, in addition to the fact that these systems cannot be implemented in open spaces and with unfamiliar people. In contrast, other approaches perform activity recognition from video camera images, which have many advantages over the previous ones since the user is not required to wear the sensors. As a result, these applications can be implemented in open spaces and with unknown people. This paper presents a vision-based algorithm for activity recognition. The main contribution of this work is to use human skeleton pose estimation as a feature extraction method for activity detection in video camera images. The use of this method allows the detection of multiple people’s activities in the same scene. The algorithm is also capable of classifying multi-frame activities, precisely for those that need more than one frame to be detected. The method is evaluated with the public UP-FALL dataset and compared to similar algorithms using the same dataset.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3991
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022


  • activity recognition
  • fall detection
  • human skeleton
  • images sequence
  • machine learning


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