Wi-Fi based passive human motion sensing for in-home healthcare applications

Bo Tan, Alison Burrows, Robert Piechocki, Ian Craddock, Qingchao Chen, Karl Woodbridge, Kevin Chetty

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This paper introduces a Wi-Fi signal based passive wireless sensing system that has the capability to detect diverse indoor human movements, from whole body motions to limb movements and breathing movements of the chest. The real time signal processing is used for human body motion sensing, and software defined radio demo system are described and verified in practical experiments scenarios, which include detection of through-wall human body movement, hand gesture or tremor, and even respiration. The experiment results offer potential for promising healthcare applications using Wi-Fi passive sensing in the home to monitor daily activities, to gather health data and detect emergency situations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-0366-2, 978-1-5090-0365-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-0367-9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things - Milan, Italy
Duration: 14 Dec 201516 Dec 2015


Conference2nd IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Abbreviated titleWF-IoT 2015


  • Healthcare
  • human motion
  • in-home
  • Passive sensing
  • Wi-Fi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture


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