Electro-physiological data fusion for stress detection

Alejandro Riera, Aureli Soria-Frisch, Anton Albajes-Eizagirre, Pietro Cipresso, Carles Grau, Stephen Dunne, Giulio Ruffini

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In this work we describe the performance evaluation of a system for stress detection. The analysed data is acquired by following an experimental protocol designed to induce cognitive stress to the subjects. The experimental set-up included the recording of electroencephalography (EEG) and facial (corrugator and zygomatic) electromyography (EMG). In a preliminary analysis we are able to correlate EEG features (alpha asymmetry and alpha/beta ratio using only 3 channels) with the stress level of the subjects statistically (by using averages over subjects) but also on a subject-to-subject basis by using computational intelligence techniques reaching classification rates up to 79% when classifying 3 minutes takes. On a second step, we apply fusion techniques to the overall multi-modal feature set fusing the formerly mentioned EEG features with EMG energy. We show that the results improve significantly providing a more robust stress index every second. Given the achieved performance the system described in this work can be successfully applied for stress therapy when combined with virtual reality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • EEG
  • Electrophysiology
  • EMG
  • Soft Data Fusion
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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