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Activity discovery is the unsupervised process of discovering patterns in data produced from sensor networks that are monitoring the behaviour of human subjects. Improvements in activity discovery may simplify the training of activity recognition models by enabling the automated annotation of datasets and also the construction of systems that can detect and highlight deviations from normal behaviour. With this in mind, we propose an approach to activity discovery based on topic modelling techniques, and evaluate it on a dataset that mimics complex, interleaved sensor data in the real world. We also propose a means for discovering hierarchies of aggregated activities and discuss a mechanism for visualising the behaviour of such algorithms graphically.
Rogers, E., Kelleher, J. & Ross, R. (2016) Using Topic Modelling Algorithms for Hierarchical Activity Discovery, 7th International Conference on Ambient Intelligence, Seville, Spain, 1-3 June 2016.