Unobtrusive measurement of indoor energy expenditure using an infrared sensor-based activity monitoring system

Bosun Hwang, Jonghee Han, Jong Min Choi, Kwang Suk Park

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The purpose of this study was to develop an unobtrusive energy expenditure (EE) measurement system using an infrared (IR) sensor-based activity monitoring system to measure indoor activities and to estimate individual quantitative EE. IR-sensor activation counts were measured with a Bluetooth-based monitoring system and the standard EE was calculated using an established regression equation. Ten male subjects participated in the experiment and three different EE measurement systems (gas analyzer, accelerometer, IR sensor) were used simultaneously in order to determine the regression equation and evaluate the performance. As a standard measurement, oxygen consumption was simultaneously measured by a portable metabolic system (Metamax 3X, Cortex, Germany). A single room experiment was performed to develop a regression model of the standard EE measurement from the proposed IR sensor-based measurement system. In addition, correlation and regression analyses were done to compare the performance of the IR system with that of the Actigraph system. We determined that our proposed IR-based EE measurement system shows a similar correlation to the Actigraph system with the standard measurement system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-888
Number of pages8
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2008


  • Activity monitoring system
  • Indoor energy expenditure
  • Infrared sensor

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