An Efficient Method of Detecting Breathing Frequency While Running


Breathing plays an important role in the process of running. A stable and harmonic breathing rhythm can postpone runners' fatigue and help to improve their running performances. This paper presents a method that can detect runner's breathing frequency continuously. We utilize Bluetooth headset and smart phone to obtain sensed data, such as striding frequency and breathing frequency. Due to the interference of ambient noise, the detection will be inaccurate. In order to cope with this problem, we calibrate the detection result by leveraging a physiological model, called Locomotor Respiratory Coupling (LRC), which indicates possible ratios between the stride and breathing frequencies. Our method has been validated by extensive experiments and the experimental results indicate that it can accurately detect the breathing frequency for runners.

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2016 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing, SMARTCOMP 2016 (2016: May 18-20, St. Louis, MO)


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Intelligent Systems Center


This work was partly supported by the 973 Program (2013CB035503), National Natural Science Foundation of China (61572060, 61472024, 61170296 and 61190125), and the R&D Program (2013BAH35F01). The work of S. K. Das was partially supported by the US NSF grants under award numbers IIS-1404673, IIP-1540119, CNS-1355505 and CNS- 1404677.

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Smartphones; A-stable; Ambient noise; Bluetooth headsets; Physiological models

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Publication Date

01 May 2016