CNN-based respiration rate estimation in indoor environments via MIMO FMCW radar

Kohei Yamamoto, Kentaroh Toyoda, Tomoaki Ohtsuki

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Respiration is known to reflect our health condition, which motivates researchers to develop various radar-based respiration rate estimation methods. However, these conventional methods do not work, when a subject is not right in front of the radar. In this paper, we propose a novel CNN (Convolutional Neural Network)-based respiration rate estimation method in indoor environments via a MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) radar. A MIMO FMCW radar can estimate the DoA (Direction of Arrival) and the distance between a MIMO FMCW radar and an object. Thus, the respiration can be captured based on the phase variation at a subject's location. However, even when the advanced signal processing, e.g., MUSIC (MUltiple SIgnal Classification) algorithm, is used, it is difficult to estimate the DoA and the distance in indoor environments due to the large effect of multipath. To deal with this problem, in the proposed method, phase variations against various locations are calculated from the received signals of a MIMO FMCW radar, and then spectrograms are calculated from the phase variations. Each spectrogram is subsequently fed into the CNN that outputs the respiration rates, e.g., 0.1 Hz, 0.2 Hz, and non-respiration, i.e., a spectrogram without the effect of respiration, where is one of the deep learning techniques that have been successfully applied to the image recognition. Through the experiments we confirmed that except for when microwaves were not transmitted directly toward a subject's chest due to furniture, the proposed method accurately estimated the respiration rate, regardless of the situation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728109626
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec
Event2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Waikoloa, United States
Duration: 2019 Dec 92019 Dec 13

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings


Conference2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Media Technology
  • Health Informatics


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