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HRNN4F: Hybrid deep random neural network for multi-channel fall activity detection

  Falls are a major health concern in older adults. Falls lead to mortality, immobility and high costs to social and health care services. Early detection and classification of falls is imperative for timely and appropriate medical aid response. Traditional machine learning models have been explored for fall classification. While newly developed deep learning techniques have the ability to potentially extract high-level features from raw sensor data providing high accuracy and robustness to variations in sensor position, orientation and diversity of work environments that may skew traditional classification models. However, frequently used deep learning models like Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) are computationally intensive. To the best of our knowledge, we present the first instance of a Hybrid Multichannel Random Neural Network (HMCRNN) architecture for fall detection and classification. The proposed architecture provides the highest accuracy of 92.23% with dropout regularization, compared to other deep learning implementations. The performance of the proposed technique is approximately comparable to a CNN yet requires only half the computation cost of the CNN-based implementation. Furthermore, the proposed HMCRNN architecture provides 34.12% improvement in accuracy on average than a Multilayer Perceptron.

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    23 August 2019

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    Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)


Tahir, A., Ahmad, J., Morison, G., Larijani, H., Gibson, R. M., & Skelton, D. A. (2019). HRNN4F: Hybrid deep random neural network for multi-channel fall activity detection. Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences, 1-14.



probabilistic networks, queueing theory, simulation

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