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Online ECG-based Features for Cognitive Load Assessment

Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel, Caroline and Wilson, Matthew D. and Scannella, Sébastien Online ECG-based Features for Cognitive Load Assessment. (2019) In: IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC), 6 October 2019 - 9 October 2019 (Bari, Italy).

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1109/SMC.2019.8914002


This study was concerned with the development and testing of online cognitive-load monitoring methods by means of a working-memory experiment using electrocardiogram (ECG) analyses for future applications in mixed-initiative human-machine interaction (HMI). To this end, we first identified potentially reliable cognitive-workload-related cardiac metrics and algorithms for online processing. We then compared our online results to those conventionally obtained with state-of-the-art offline methods. Finally, we evaluated the possibility of classifying low versus high working-memory load using different classification algorithms. Our results show that both offline and online methods reliably estimate the workload associated with a multi-level working-memory task at the group level, whether it is with the heart rhythm or the heart rate variation (standard deviation of the RR interval). Moreover, we found significant working-memory load classification accuracy using both two-dimensional linear discriminant analyses (LDA) or a support vector machine (SVM). We hence argue that our online algorithm is reliable enough to provide online electrocardiographic metrics as a tool for real-life workload evaluation and can be a valuable feature for mixed-initiative systems.

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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
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