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Detektering av stress från biometrisk data i realtid
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology.
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Measuring stress from biometric data in real time (English)
Abstract [en]

At the time of writing, stress and stress related disease have become the most common reasons for absence in the workplace in Sweden. The purpose of the work presented here is to identify and notify people managing unhealthy levels of stress. Since symptoms of mental stress manifest through functions of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), they are best measured through monitoring of SNS changes and phenomena. In this study, changes in the sympathetic control of heart rate were recorded and analyzed using heart rate variability analysis and a simple runner’s heart rate sensor connected to a smartphone.

Mental stress data was collected through stressful video gaming. This was compared to data from non-stressful activities, physical activity and extremely stressful activities such as public speaking events. By using the period between heartbeats and selecting features from the frequency domain, a simple machine learning algorithm could differentiate between the types of data and thus could effectively recognize mental stress.

The study resulted in a collection of 100 data points, an algorithm to extract features and an application to continuously collect and classify sequences of heart periods. It also revealed an interesting relationship in the data between different subjects.

The fact that continuous stress monitoring can be achieved using minimally intrusive sensors is the greatest benefit of these results, especially when connsidering its potential value in the identification and prevention of stress related disease.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
stress, health, hrv, heart rate variability, spectral analysis, feature selection, classification
Keyword [sv]
stress, hälsa, hrv, hjärtrytmsvarians, spektralanalys, klassificering
National Category
Signal Processing
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31248OAI: diva2:939212
Subject / course
Computer science and engineering; Mechatronics
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-18 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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