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Human Activity Recognition and Behaviour Analysis

For Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Environments


  • Provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to activity recognition

  • Presents an in-depth discussion on the knowledge-driven approach to activity recognition

  • Proposes a systematic methodology, along with a scalable framework and extensible technology infrastructure

  • Offers a sample technology solution for smart healthcare

  • Reviews the latest, state-of-the-art research, covering aspects of both methodology and application


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 1-21
  3. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 23-47
  4. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 49-75
  5. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 77-101
  6. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 103-126
  7. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 127-149
  8. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 151-181
  9. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 183-199
  10. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 201-215
  11. Liming Chen, Chris D. Nugent
    Pages 217-249
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 251-255

About this book


The book first defines the problems, various concepts and notions related to activity recognition, and introduces the fundamental rationale and state-of-the-art methodologies and approaches. It then describes the use of artificial intelligence techniques and advanced knowledge technologies for the modelling and lifecycle analysis of human activities and behaviours based on real-time sensing observations from sensor networks and the Internet of Things. It also covers inference and decision-support methods and mechanisms, as well as personalization and adaptation techniques, which are required for emerging smart human-machine pervasive systems, such as self-management and assistive technologies in smart healthcare. Each chapter includes theoretical background, technological underpinnings and practical implementation, and step-by-step information on how to address and solve specific problems in topical areas.

This monograph can be used as a textbook for postgraduate and PhD students on courses such as computer systems, pervasive computing, data analytics and digital health. It is also a valuable research reference resource for postdoctoral candidates and academics in relevant research and application domains, such as data analytics, smart cities, smart energy, and smart healthcare, to name but a few. Moreover, it offers smart technology and application developers practical insights into the use of activity recognition and behaviour analysis in state-of-the-art cyber-physical systems. Lastly, it provides healthcare solution developers and providers with information about the opportunities and possible innovative solutions for personalized healthcare and stratified medicine.


Activity Recognition Behavior Analysis Pervasive Computing Cyber-physical Systems Smart Homes Internet of Things

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer Science and InformaticsDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK
  2. 2.School of ComputingUlster UniversityBelfastUK

About the authors

Liming Chen is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, UK. He received his B.Eng and M.Eng from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, and his Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence from De Montfort University, UK. His research interests include data analytics, pervasive computing, user-centered intelligent systems, smart environments and their application in smart health and care. Liming is an IET Fellow, an IEEE Senior Member, and a co-founder and co-director of the IEEE CIS “User-centred Smart Systems” task force. He has secured multi-million research funding from the UK and European Union funding bodies, industry and third countries, and acted as a coordinator and principal investigator.  Liming has over 200 peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized journals and conferences, spanning both theoretical and applied research. He plays an active role in various scholarly activities, serving as a general or program chair for prestigious international conferences, and as associate editors and guest editor for a number of high-profile journals. He has delivered invited talks, keynotes and seminars at various forums, conferences, industry and academic events.

Chris D. Nugent is currently the Head of the School of Computing at Ulster University and leads the Pervasive Computing Research Group.  He received a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Systems and DPhil in Biomedical Engineering both from Ulster University and currently holds the position of Professor of Biomedical Engineering. 

His research within biomedical engineering addresses the themes of the development and evaluation of technologies to support pervasive healthcare within smart environments. Specifically, this has involved research in the topics of mobile based reminding solutions, activity recognition and behaviour modelling and more recently technology adoption modelling. He has published over 450 papers in these areas and has been a grant holder of Research Projects funded by National, European and International funding bodies. 

He is the co-Principal Investigator of the Connected Health Innovation Centre at Ulster University and a co-Investigator of the British Telecom Ireland Innovation Centre. In 2016 he was awarded the Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship from Ulster University.

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