SP college students develop a device that can measure stress levels in five minutes
Posted by Arif Rashid Saturday 12 November 2022
Two students from SP College Srinagar have developed an emotion-detection system that can calculate human stress levels in digital form within five minutes.
The device works through the Electrodermal Activity Mechanism (EDA; also known as Galvanic Skin Response or GSR).
Professor Zafar Majeed in place of the IT department at SP College Srinagar told Rising Kashmir: “Our two students, who are pursuing an integrated course in the Department of Information Technology (IT), have developed a device by which the stress level in a human can be calculated within a few minutes.
“As part of the certificate in the sixth semester, students have to work on projects. Two students from our department have developed a device that can calculate the stress level of a human,” he said.
The professor explained instead that this is a hardware and software-based program that calculates the level of compression in a graph format and converts this graph data into a numeric format.
“The two students, Tabish Nabi and Muhammad Nadim, instead developed this device under the supervision of the departments, and the two students borne the expenses of the project.
“A committee of experts from the college also approved this project, which the students worked on,” he added.
Tabish Nabi, one of the students who developed the stress-detector, said, “We have designed a fully functional device that helps us detect the emotional intensity of a human individual. We have designed the device in such a way that it can be used easily to test the emotional intensity of a subject.”
“After completing the hardware design of the device, we moved towards programming the device and developed software to make the device functional and accurate. We used the original Arduino language, which is a language similar to C. The code can be written in the Arduino IDE, which is specifically designed for programming the Arduino. We were able to get the data from the sensors using loops, comparing values with some conditional statements, and displaying the results on the screen. We were also able to turn on visual and audible indicators with our software.”
He said they developed a GSR-based method for detecting emotions in college students. Data were collected from 100 students enrolled at SP College, Srinagar. For data collection, students were randomly selected. The data set includes 59 males and 41 girls.
Some questions were asked to determine their emotional level, and the results revealed that when asked about financial problems, the participants showed an upward tendency. He also discovered in the investigation that when people listen to religious hymns, their emotions are diminished.
“In the near future, the device could be used to detect stress levels in animals. It may be possible by making some changes to the device,” he added.
Mohamed Nadim, another student, said that this device will help psychologists, psychiatrists and doctors to know an individual’s stress level within a few minutes.
He added, “We also gave the presentation of our project at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Electronic and Computing Advances, which took place at SB College on November 9-10 this month, and we were also highly praised by experts from various institutions.”
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