Detection of chewing motion in the elderly using a glasses mounted accelerometer in a real-life environment.
Mertes G., Hallez H., Vanrumste B., Croonenborghs T.
This paper describes a method of detecting an elderly person's chewing motion using a glasses mounted accelerometer. A real-life dataset was collected from 13 elderly adults, aged 65 or older, during meal times in a care facility. A supervised classifier is used to automatically distinguish between epochs of chewing and non-chewing activity. Results are compared to a lab dataset of 5 young to middle-aged adults captured in previous work. K-Nearest Neighbor, Random Forest and Support Vector Machine classifiers are evaluated. All are able to achieve similar performance, with the Support Vector Machine performing the best with an F1-score of 0.73.