Context-aware dynamic data-driven pattern classification

Shashi Phoha, Nurali Virani, Pritthi Chattopadhyay, Soumalya Sarkar, Brian Smith, Asok Ray

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This work aims to mathematically formalize the notion of context, with the purpose of allowing contextual decision-making in order to improve performance in dynamic data driven classification systems. We present definitions for both intrinsic context, i.e. factors which directly affect sensor measurements for a given event, as well as extrinsic context, i.e. factors which do not affect the sensor measurements directly, but do affect the interpretation of collected data. Supervised and unsupervised modeling techniques to derive context and context labels from sensor data are formulated. Here, supervised modeling incorporates the a priori known factors affecting the sensing modalities, while unsupervised modeling autonomously discovers the structure of those factors in sensor data. Context-aware event classification algorithms are developed by adapting the classification boundaries, dependent on the current operational context. Improvements in context-aware classification have been quantified and validated in an unattended sensor-fence application for US Border Monitoring. Field data, collected with seismic sensors on different ground types, are analyzed in order to classify two types of walking across the border, namely, normal and stealthy. The classification is shown to be strongly dependent on the context (specifically, soil type: gravel or moist soil).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1324-1333
Number of pages10
JournalProcedia Computer Science
StatePublished - 2014
Event14th Annual International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2014 - Cairns, QLD, Australia
Duration: Jun 10 2014Jun 12 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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