Computer Graphics Laboratory ETH Zurich


Affective State Prediction in a Mobile Setting using Wearable Biometric Sensors and Stylus

R. Wampfler, S. Klingler, B. Solenthaler, V. Schinazi, M. Gross

The 12th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM) (Montreal, Canada, July 2-5, 2019), pp. 224-233


The role of affective states in learning has recently attracted considerable attention in education research. The accurate prediction of affective states can help increase the learning gain by incorporating targeted interventions that are capable of adjusting to changes in the individual affective states of students. Until recently, most work on the prediction of affective states has relied on expensive and stationary lab devices that are not well suited for classrooms and everyday use. Here, we present an automated pipeline capable of accurately predicting (AUC up to 0.86) the affective states of participants solving tablet-based math tasks using signals from low-cost mobile bio-sensors. In addition, we show that we can achieve a similar classification performance (AUC up to 0.84) by only using handwriting data recorded from a stylus while students solved the math tasks. Given the emerging digitization of classrooms and increased reliance on tablets as teaching tools, stylus data may be a viable alternative to bio-sensors for the prediction of affective states.


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