According to the World Health Organization, 28 % EU employees have health problems due to stress at work. It has been shown that stress affects cardiovascular and nervous system activity. Extreme psychological stress not only reduces the efficiency and quality of work done by people, but may also be the cause of various illnesses. The purpose of our project is to create continuously wearable, experimental electronic equipment for psychophysiological stress research. In order to recognize the stress state, we propose the use of biosignal analysis based on stress biomarkers derived from biooptic signal – photoplethysmogram. This biosignal has a great advantage compared to an electrocardiogram, as it can be acquired continuously and without interruption with a smart wrist-worn device. We hope to increase the reliability of stress detection by combining pulse information with the morphological parameters of photoplethysmogram signal. In this project, algorithms for identifying stress will be developed using a database registered in Zaragoza University. The project will develop the student’s research skills in the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Biomedical Electronics and strengthen the relationship with the international partner of Saragossa University.
Project is funded by EU Structural Funds according to the 2014–2020 Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments priority “Development of scientific competence of researchers, other researchers, students through practical scientific activities” under Measure No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712.
The student’s and team’s research is designed to develop experimental electronic equipment that can be used to estimate the psychophysiological stress biomarkers in an unobtrusive way.
Period of project implementation: 2018-10-01 - 2019-04-30
Project coordinator: Kaunas University of Technology