Vision-Based Fallen Person Detection for the Elderly

Markus D. Solbach, John K. Tsotsos; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 1433-1442


Falls are serious and costly for elderly people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US reports that millions of older people, 65 and older, fall each year at least once. Serious injuries such as; hip fractures, broken bones or head injury, are caused by 20% of the falls. The time it takes to respond and treat a fallen person is crucial. With this paper we present a new , non-invasive system for fallen people detection. Our approach uses only stereo camera data for passively sensing the environment. The key novelty is a human fall detector which uses a CNN based human pose estimator in combination with stereo data to reconstruct the human pose in 3D and estimate the ground plane in 3D. We have tested our approach in different scenarios covering most activities elderly people might encounter living at home. Based on our extensive evaluations, our systems shows high accuracy and almost no miss-classification. Our implementation is publicly available.

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author = {Solbach, Markus D. and Tsotsos, John K.},
title = {Vision-Based Fallen Person Detection for the Elderly},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) Workshops},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}