Recognition of Food-Texture Attributes Using an In-Ear Microphone

Vasileios Papapanagiotou*, Christos Diou, Janet van den Boer, Monica Mars, Anastasios Delopoulos

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Food texture is a complex property; various sensory attributes such as perceived crispiness and wetness have been identified as ways to quantify it. Objective and automatic recognition of these attributes has applications in multiple fields, including health sciences and food engineering. In this work we use an in-ear microphone, commonly used for chewing detection, and propose algorithms for recognizing three food-texture attributes, specifically crispiness, wetness (moisture), and chewiness. We use binary SVMs, one for each attribute, and propose two algorithms: one that recognizes each texture attribute at the chew level and one at the chewing-bout level. We evaluate the proposed algorithms using leave-one-subject-out cross-validation on a dataset with 9 subjects. We also evaluate them using leave-one-food-type-out cross-validation, in order to examine the generalization of our approach to new, unknown food types. Our approach performs very well in recognizing crispiness (0.95 weighted accuracy on new subjects and 0.93 on new food types) and demonstrates promising results for objective and automatic recognition of wetness and chewiness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPattern Recognition. ICPR International Workshops and Challenges, 2021, Proceedings
EditorsAlberto Del Bimbo, Rita Cucchiara, Stan Sclaroff, Giovanni Maria Farinella, Tao Mei, Marco Bertini, Hugo Jair Escalante, Roberto Vezzani
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030688219
ISBN (Print)9783030688202
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Workshops, ICPR 2020 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 10 Jan 202111 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12665 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Workshops, ICPR 2020


  • Dietary monitoring
  • Food texture
  • Wearables


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