FamilyLog: A Mobile System for Monitoring Family Mealtime Activities

This paper presents evaluation of the FamilyLog system with 37 subjects from 8 families. The system automatically detects activities during the mealtime, including occurrence and duration of meal, conversations, participants, and TV viewing using acoustic data from phones and smartwatches. [paper]

Title
FamilyLog: A Mobile System for Monitoring Family Mealtime Activities

Abstract
Research has shown that family mealtime plays a critical role in establishing good relationships among family members and maintaining their physical and mental health. In particular, regularly eating dinner as a family significantly reduces prevalence of obesity. However, American families with children spend only 1 hour on family meals while three hours watching TV on an average work day. Fine-grained activity logging is proven effective for increasing self-awareness and motivating people to modify their life styles for improved wellness. This paper presents FamilyLog – a practical system to log family mealtime activities using smartphones and smartwatches. FamilyLog automatically detects and logs details of activities during the mealtime, including occurrence and duration of meal, conversations, participants, TV viewing etc., in an unobtrusive manner. Based on the sensor data collected from real families, we carefully design robust yet lightweight signal features from a set of complex activities during the meal, including clattering sound, arm gestures of eating, human voice, TV sound, etc. Moreover, FamilyLog opportunistically fuses data from built-in sensors of multiple mobile devices available in a family through an HMM-based classifier. To evaluate the real-world performance of FamilyLog, we perform extensive experiments that consist of 77 days of sensor data from 37 subjects in 8 families with children. Our results show that FamilyLog can detect those events with high accuracy across different families and home environments.

C. Bi, G. Xing, T. Hao, J. Huh, W. Peng, M. Ma, FamilyLog: A Mobile System for Monitoring Family Mealtime Activities, in: IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications 2017, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017: pp. 21–30.

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