Human activity classification with radar: optimization and noise robustness with iterative convolutional neural networks followed with random forests

Lin, Y., Le Kernec, J. , Yang, S. , Fioranelli, F. , Romain, O. and Zhao, Z. (2018) Human activity classification with radar: optimization and noise robustness with iterative convolutional neural networks followed with random forests. IEEE Sensors Journal, 18(23), pp. 9669-9681. (doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2018.2872849)

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The accurate classification of activity patterns based on radar signatures is still an open problem and is key to detect anomalous behavior for security and health applications. This paper presents a novel iterative convolutional neural networks strategy with an autocorrelation pre-processing instead of the traditional micro-Doppler image pre-processing to classify activities or subjects accurately. The proposed strategy uses an iterative deep learning framework for the automatic definition and extraction of features. This is followed by a traditional supervised learning classifier to label the different activities. Using three human subjects and their real motion captured data, twelve thousand radar signatures were simulated by varying additive white Gaussian noise. Additionally, 6720 experimental radar signatures were captured with a frequency-modulated continuous radar at 5.8GHz with 400MHz of instantaneous bandwidth from seven activities using one subject and 4800 signatures from five subjects while walking. The simulated and experimental data were both used to validate our proposed method. With SNR varying from –20 to 20dB with 88.74% average accuracy at –10dB and 100% peak accuracy at 15dB. The proposed Iterative Convolutional Neural Networks followed with Random Forests (ICNNRF) does not only outperform the feature-based methods using micro-Doppler images but also the classification methods using other types of supervised classifiers after our proposed iterative convolutional neural network.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fioranelli, Dr Francesco and Yang, Dr Shufan and Le Kernec, Dr Julien
Authors: Lin, Y., Le Kernec, J., Yang, S., Fioranelli, F., Romain, O., and Zhao, Z.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:IEEE Sensors Journal
ISSN (Online):1558-1748
Published Online:28 September 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Sensors 18(23):9669-9681
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3015260Intelligent RF Sensing for Fall and Health PredictionFrancesco FioranelliEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R041679/1ENG - Systems Power & Energy