Personalized travel mode detection with smartphone sensors

Xing Su, Yuan Yao, Qing He, Jie Lu, Hanghang Tong

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4 Scopus citations


Detecting the travel modes such as walking and driving a car is an important task for user behavior understanding as well as transportation planning and management. Existing solutions for this task mainly train a generic classifier for all users although the walking or driving behaviors may differ greatly from one user to another. In this paper, we propose to build a personalized travel mode detection method. In particular, the proposed method can be divided into two stages. First, for a given target user, it applies user similarity computation to borrow data from a set of pre-collected data for transfer learning. Second, it estimates the data distribution in feature space, and uses it to reweight the borrowed data so as to minimize the model loss with respect to the target user. Experimental evaluations on real travel data show that the proposed method outperforms the generic method and the transfer learning method with kernel mean matching in terms of prediction accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017
EditorsJian-Yun Nie, Zoran Obradovic, Toyotaro Suzumura, Rumi Ghosh, Raghunath Nambiar, Chonggang Wang, Hui Zang, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Xiaohua Hu, Jeremy Kepner, Alfredo Cuzzocrea, Jian Tang, Masashi Toyoda
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538627143
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Event5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017 - Boston, United States
Duration: Dec 11 2017Dec 14 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017


Other5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Control and Optimization


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