NFC based dataset annotation within a behavioral alerting platform

Joseph Rafferty, Jonathan Synnott, Chris Nugent, Gareth Morrison, Elena Tamburini

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Pervasive and ubiquitous computing increasingly relies on data-driven models learnt from large datasets. This learning process requires annotations in conjunction with datasets to prepare training data. Ambient Assistive Living (AAL) is one application of pervasive and ubiquitous computing that focuses on providing support for individuals. A subset of AAL solutions exist which model and recognize activities/behaviors to provide assistive services. This paper introduces an annotation mechanism for an AAL platform that can recognize, and provide alerts for, generic activities/behaviors. Previous annotation approaches have several limitations that make them unsuited for use in this platform. To address these deficiencies, an annotation solution relying on environmental NFC tags and smartphones has been devised. This paper details this annotation mechanism, its incorporation into the AAL platform and presents an evaluation focused on the efficacy of annotations produced. In this evaluation, the annotation mechanism was shown to offer reliable, low effort, secure and accurate annotations that are appropriate for learning user behaviors from datasets produced by this platform. Some weaknesses of this annotation approach were identified with solutions proposed within future work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-4338-5
Publication statusPublished online - 4 May 2017
EventPervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PerCom Workshops), 2017 IEEE International Conference on - Kona, Big Island, HI, USA
Duration: 4 May 2017 → …


WorkshopPervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PerCom Workshops), 2017 IEEE International Conference on
Period4/05/17 → …


  • annotation
  • NFC
  • smart environment
  • pervasive
  • computing
  • machine learning
  • ubiquitous computing
  • behavior
  • detection


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