EUStress: A Human Behaviour Analysis System for Monitoring and Assessing Stress During Exams

  • Filipe GonçalvesEmail author
  • Davide Carneiro
  • Paulo Novais
  • José Pêgo
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 737)


In today’s society, there is a compelling need for innovative approaches for the solution of many pressing problems, such as understanding the fluctuations in the performance of an individual when involved in complex and high-stake tasks. In these cases, individuals are under an increasing demand for performance, driving them to be under constant pressure, and consequently to present variations in their levels of stress. Human stress can be viewed as an agent, circumstance, situation, or variable that disturbs the normal functioning of an individual, that when not managed can bring mental problems, such as chronic stress or depression. In this paper, we propose a different approach for this problem. The EUStress application is a non-intrusive and non-invasive performance monitoring environment based on behavioural biometrics and real time analysis, used to quantify the level of stress of individuals during online exams.


Stress Human-computer interaction Mouse Dynamics Decision making Big data mining 



This work is part-funded by ERDF—European Regional Development Fund and by National Funds through the FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology within project NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-017832. The work of Filipe Gonçalves is supported by a FCT grant with the reference ICVS-BI-2016-005.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filipe Gonçalves
    • 1
    Email author
  • Davide Carneiro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paulo Novais
    • 1
  • José Pêgo
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Algoritmi Research Centre/Department of InformaticsUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  2. 2.CIICESI, ESTGPolytechnic Institute of PortoFelgueirasPortugal
  3. 3.School of Health SciencesLife and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) University of MinhoBragaPortugal
  4. 4.ICVS/3B’s—PT Government Associate LaboratoryBragaPortugal

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