Context–Aware Stress Prediction System

Title: Context–Aware Stress Prediction System
Authors: Alharthi, Raneem
Date: 2016
Abstract: Stress is now recognized as one of the major causes of physical and psychological illness. It is known as a reaction to surrounding environmental threats and the best way to manage it is to understand its triggers. Although people continuously react to their surrounding environments, they sometimes are not aware that certain elements in their environment are considered to be stressors. Based on this fact, researchers have recently proposed context-aware stress management systems. Most of the proposed systems use context data to provide real time stress monitoring and visualization, along with intervention techniques. However, these interventions are limited to the second and tertiary stages and very little attention has been given to the primary stage. In this thesis, we introduce a system called CASP. The system’s objective is to provide stress status predictions based on a user’s current contextual data. Therefore, a detection method is developed using heart rate variability (HRV) as a stress indicator to deliver personalized context-aware stress reports. Based on the predicted status, the system provides users with stress interventions at an early stage in order to help avoid and/or eliminate the occurrence of stress. Our evaluation results show that the CASP system is able to predict the stress status of a user with an averaged accuracy of 78.23% through our limited activity, when compare to a stress status measured using physiological signals. Moreover, it provides prediction models that adapt to the changing nature of both the user’s stress status and the surrounding environment.
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