A user-adaptive modeling for eating action identification from wristband time series

Junghyo Lee, Prajwal Paudyal, Ayan Banerjee, Sandeep K.S. Gupta

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Eating activity monitoring using wearable sensors can potentially enable interventions based on eating speed to mitigate the risks of critical healthcare problems such as obesity or diabetes. Eating actions are polycomponential gestures composed of sequential arrangements of three distinct components interspersed with gestures that may be unrelated to eating. This makes it extremely challenging to accurately identify eating actions. The primary reasons for the lack of acceptance of state-of-the-art eating action monitoring techniques include the following: (i) the need to install wearable sensors that are cumbersome to wear or limit the mobility of the user, (ii) the need for manual input from the user, and (iii) poor accuracy in the absence of manual inputs. In this work, we propose a novel methodology, IDEA, that performs accurate eating action identification within eating episodes with an average F1 score of 0.92. This is an improvement of 0.11 for precision and 0.15 for recall for the worst-case users as compared to the state of the art. IDEA uses only a single wristband and provides feedback on eating speed every 2 min without obtaining any manual input from the user.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number22
JournalACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2019


  • Diet monitoring
  • Gesture recognition
  • Time-series data modeling
  • Wearable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Artificial Intelligence


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