Habitual personal movement patterns in a structured environment

Nathan Poultney, Anthony Maeder

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This paper presents an approach for describing personal movement patterns for typical daily activities undertaken by subjects within free living structured environments (e.g. home or office). Conventionally this requires specialized technology for personal movement monitoring involving measurement of location and motion, and results in the collection of large datasets in order to provide sufficient descriptive power. Here we advocate the preferential observation of sentinel activities based on the expectation of routine and repetitive personal movement episodes, which can be considered as 'habits'. These identified habitual patterns provide a useful context for understanding the dominant characteristics of typical daily activities, enabling purposeful design of behaviour change interventions to improve healthy living. This approach has been applied here to office stepcount data from consumer wearables.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Healthcare Through Innovation in Digital Health
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from Global Telehealth 2018
EditorsJeewani Anupama Ginige, Anthony John Maeder
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781614999140
ISBN (Print)9781614999133
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventInternational Conference on Global Telehealth - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 10 Oct 201811 Oct 2018
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceInternational Conference on Global Telehealth
Abbreviated titleGT 2018
Country/TerritorySri Lanka


  • Consumer wearable technology
  • Daily activities
  • Health behaviour
  • Personal monitoring


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