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Technological support to stress-level monitoring

Technological support to stress-level monitoring

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Stress is widely associated with increased health risks (heart and brain diseases, diabetes, cancer, behavioural disorders, etc.). Moreover, a prolonged exposure to stress is known to negatively affect work performance, attitude, decision-making, etc. Furthermore, monitoring of stress levels and proper stress management are of crucial importance for fire-fighters, rescue crews, police force and other high-risk professions in terms of mission success and workforce preservation. In this regard, here we overview the state of the art in personal health monitoring systems and discuss the overall architecture and technology involved in the implementation of such functionality. A particular focus is put on the technology involved in the assessment of brain activity and negative emotional states, which are linked to stress, behavioural, mental disorders, etc. From application point of view we discuss the technological feasibility of stationary and mobile setups for stress-level assessment and monitoring. Finally, we outline the current trends and future research directions and comment on some inherent limitations of stress-level monitoring and on some challenges that remain unaddressed.

Chapter Contents:

  • Abstract
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 State-of-the-art personal health monitoring systems
  • 6.2.1 Physiological parameters and stress
  • 6.2.2 Overview of system architectures
  • 6.2.3 Short-range wireless network technology
  • IEEE 802.15.x standards
  • ZigBee
  • Bluetooth
  • IEEE 802.15.6
  • IEEE 802.11
  • 6.3 Stress and emotion assessment
  • 6.3.1 Stress assessment procedure
  • 6.3.2 Emotion recognition
  • 6.4 Use cases
  • 6.4.1 Stationary setup
  • 6.4.2 Mobile setup
  • 6.4.3 Recent projects
  • 6.4.4 SLADE application scenario
  • 6.5 Future technology in support of stress monitoring and management
  • References
  • Further reading
  • List of abbreviations
  • Biographies

Inspec keywords: technology; mobile computing; medical computing; patient monitoring

Other keywords: stress-level assessment; stress-level monitoring; negative emotional states; technological support; personal health monitoring systems; brain activity assessment; health risks; stress management; mobile setups

Subjects: Biology and medical computing; Ubiquitous and pervasive computing

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