Unsupervised Adversarial Domain Adaptation in Wearable Physiological Sensing for Construction Workers' Health Monitoring Using Photoplethysmography

Yogesh Gautam, Yizhi Liu, Houtan Jebelli

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Recent advancements in wearable physiological sensing and artificial intelligence have made some remarkable progress in workers' health monitoring in construction sites. However, the scalable application is still challenging. One of the major complications for deployment has been the distribution shift observed in the physiological data obtained through sensors. This study develops a deep adversarial domain adaptation framework to adapt to out-of-distribution data (ODD) in the wearable physiological device based on photoplethysmography (PPG). The domain adaptation framework is developed and validated with reference to the heart rate predictor based on PPG. A heart rate predictor module comprising feature generating encoder and predictor is initially trained with data from a given training domain. An unsupervised adversarial domain adaptation method is then implemented for the test domain. In the domain adaptation process, the encoder network is adapted to generate domain invariant features for the test domain using discriminator-based adversarial optimization. The results demonstrate that this approach can effectively accomplish domain adaptation, as evidenced by a 27.68% reduction in heart rate prediction error for the test domain. The proposed framework offers potential for scaled adaptation in the jobsite by addressing the ODD problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Technologies, Automation, and Computer Applications in Construction
EditorsJennifer S. Shane, Katherine M. Madson, Yunjeong Mo, Cristina Poleacovschi, Roy E. Sturgill
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784485262
StatePublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024 - Des Moines, United States
Duration: Mar 20 2024Mar 23 2024

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024


ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDes Moines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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