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Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

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2018 IEE 42nd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference

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As smartphones become more popular, applications are being developed with new and innovative ways to solve problems in the day-to-day lives of users. One area of smartphone technology that has been developed in recent years is human activity recognition (HAR). This technology uses various sensors that are built into the smartphone to sense a person's activity in real time. Applications that incorporate HAR can be used to track a person's movements and are very useful in areas such as health care. We use this type of motion sensing technology, specifically, using data collected from the accelerometer sensor. The purpose of this study is to study and estimate the person who may become lost in a crowded area. The application is capable of estimating the movements of people in a crowded area, and whether or not the person is lost in a crowded area based on his/her movements as detected by the smartphone. This will be a great benefit to anyone interested in crowd management strategies. In this paper, we review related literature and research that has given us the basis for our own research. We also detail research on lost person behavior. We looked at the typical movements a person will likely make when he/she is lost and used these movements to indicate lost person behavior. We then evaluate and describe the creation of the application, all of its components, and the testing process.


Accepted version. 2018 IEE 42nd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference (2018): 860-865. DOI. © 2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Used with permission.

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