Evaluating the Emotional State of a User Using a Webcam

TitleEvaluating the Emotional State of a User Using a Webcam
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMagdin, M., M. Turcani, and L. Hudec
JournalInternational Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence
IssueSpecial Issue on Artificial Intelligence Underpinning
Date Published09/2016

In online learning is more difficult for teachers identify to see how individual students behave. Student’s emotions like self-esteem, motivation, commitment, and others that are believed to be determinant in student’s performance can not be ignored, as they are known (affective states and also learning styles) to greatly influence student’s learning. The ability of the computer to evaluate the emotional state of the user is getting bigger attention. By evaluating the emotional state, there is an attempt to overcome the barrier between man and non-emotional machine. Recognition of a real time emotion in e-learning by using webcams is research area in the last decade. Improving learning through webcams and microphones offers relevant feedback based upon learner’s facial expressions and verbalizations. The majority of current software does not work in real time – scans face and progressively evaluates its features. The designed software works by the use neural networks in real time which enable to apply the software into various fields of our lives and thus actively influence its quality. Validation of face emotion recognition software was annotated by using various experts. These expert findings were contrasted with the software results. An overall accuracy of our software based on the requested emotions and the recognized emotions is 78%. Online evaluation of emotions is an appropriate technology for enhancing the quality and efficacy of e-learning by including the learner´s emotional states.

KeywordsClassification, Emotion recognition, Facial recognition
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