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Data-driven Radar Processing Using a Parametric Convolutional Neural Network for Human Activity Classification

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posted on 19.03.2021, 20:07 by Thomas Stadelmayer, Avik Santra
Radar sensors offer a promising and effective sensing modality for human activity classification. Human activity classification enables several smart homes applications for energy saving, human-machine interface for gesture controlled appliances and elderly fall-motion recognition. Present radar-based activity recognition system exploit micro-Doppler signature by generating Doppler spectrograms or video of range-Doppler images (RDIs), followed by deep neural network or machine learning for classification. Although, deep convolutional neural networks (DCNN) have been shown to implicitly learn features from raw sensor data in other fields, such as camera and speech, yet for the case of radar DCNN preprocessing followed by feature image generation, such as video of RDI or Doppler spectrogram, is required to develop a scalable and robust classification or regression application. In this paper, we propose a parametric convolutional neural network that mimics the radar preprocessing across fast-time and slow-time radar data through 2D sinc filter or 2D wavelet filter kernels to extract features for classification of various human activities. It is demonstrated that our proposed solution shows improved results compared to equivalent state-of-art DCNN solutions that rely on Doppler spectrogram or video of RDIs as feature images.


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Infineon Technologies AG, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

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