Leveraging the enormous amounts of real-world data collected through Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, human activity recognition (HAR) has become a crucial component of numerous human-centric applications, with the aim of enhancing the quality of human life. While the recent advancements in deep learning have significantly improved HAR, the process of labeling data continues to remain a significant challenge due to the substantial costs associated with human annotation for supervised model training. Active learning (AL) addresses this issue by strategically selecting informative samples for labeling during model training, thereby enhancing model performance. Although numerous approaches have been proposed for sample selection, which consider aspects of uncertainty and representation, the difficulties in estimating uncertainty and exploiting distribution of high-dimensional data still pose a major issue. Our proposed deep learning-based active learning algorithm, called Multiclass Autoencoder-based Active Learning (MAAL), learns latent representation leveraging the capacity of Deep Support Vector Data Description (Deep SVDD). With the multiclass autoencoder which learns the normal characteristics of each activity class in the latent space, MAAL provides an informative sample selection for model training by establishing a link between the HAR model and the selection model. We evaluate our proposed MAAL using two publicly available datasets. The performance results demonstrate the improvements across the overall active learning rounds, achieving enhancements up to 3.23% accuracy and 3.67% in the F1 score. Furthermore, numerical results and analysis of sample selection are presented to validate the effectiveness of the proposed MAAL compared to the alternative comparison methods.