SP College students develop device that can measure stress levels in five minutes
Posted by ARIF RASHID on Saturday, November 12, 2022
Two students from SP College Srinagar have developed an emotion detection system that can calculate the stress levels of human beings in digital format in five minutes.
The device works through the mechanism of Electrodermal Activity (EDA; also known as Galvanic Skin Response or GSR).
Professor Zafar Majeed Rather, from SP College Srinagar’s Department of Information Technology, told Rising Kashmir: “Our two students, who are doing an integrated course in the Department of Information Technology (IT), have developed a device through which the stress level of a human being can be calculated in minutes.
“As part of the bachelor’s degree 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 being,” he said. .
Professor Rather explained that it is a hardware and software program that calculates the level of stress in the form of a graph and converts this graph data into a numerical format.
“The two students, Tabish Nabi and Muhammad Nadeem Rather, developed this device under the supervision of the department. The project expenses were borne by the two students.
“A committee of college experts also approved this project, which the students worked on,” he added.
Tabish Nabi, one of the students who developed the stress detection device, said, “We have designed a fully functional device that helps us detect the emotional intensity of the human subject. We have designed the device in such a way that it can be easily used to test the emotional intensity of the subject.
“After completing the hardware design of the device, we moved on to programming the device and developed a program to make the device functional and accurate. We used the native language of Arduino, which is a C-like language. The code can be written in the Arduino IDE, which is specially designed for programming Arduino. We managed to get data from the sensors using loops, comparing the values with conditional statements and displaying the results on screen. We also managed to run the visual and audible indicators with our software,” he said.
He said they had developed a method based on the GSR to detect emotions in students. The data was collected from 100 students enrolled at SP College, Srinagar. For data collection, students were randomly selected. The dataset includes 59 men and 41 girls.
A few questions were asked to determine their emotional level, and the results revealed that when asked about financial issues, participants showed an upward trend. It was also discovered in the survey that when people listened to religious hymns, their emotions decreased.
“In the near future, the device could be used to detect stress levels in animals. This could be possible by making some modifications to the device,” he added.
Muhammad Nadeem Rather, another student, said the device will help psychologists, psychiatrists and doctors know an individual’s stress level within minutes.
“We also presented our project presentation at the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Electronic and Computing Advances, held at SP College on November 9-10 this month. Experts from various institutions also congratulated us,” he added.