Toward a Wearable Sensor for Eating Detection


Shengjie Bi, Tao Wang, Ellen Davenport, Ronald Peterson, Ryan Halter, Jacob Sorber, and David Kotz. Toward a Wearable Sensor for Eating Detection. Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Wearable Systems and Applications (WearSys), pages 17–22. ACM, June 2017. doi:10.1145/3089351.3089355. ©Copyright ACM.


Researchers strive to understand eating behavior as a means to develop diets and interventions that can help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight, recover from eating disorders, or manage their diet and nutrition for personal wellness. A major challenge for eating-behavior research is to understand when, where, what, and how people eat. In this paper, we evaluate sensors and algorithms designed to detect eating activities, more specifically, when people eat. We compare two popular methods for eating recognition (based on acoustic and electromyography (EMG) sensors) individually and combined. We built a data-acquisition system using two off-the-shelf sensors and conducted a study with 20 participants. Our preliminary results show that the system we implemented can detect eating with an accuracy exceeding 90.9% while the crunchiness level of food varies. We are developing a wearable system that can capture, process, and classify sensor data to detect eating in real-time.

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Keywords: [mhealth] [sensors] [wearable]

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