Analysis of Mental Fatigue and Mood States in Workplaces

  • André PimentaEmail author
  • Davide Carneiro
  • José Neves
  • Paulo Novais
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 616)


Mental fatigue is a concern for a range of reasons, including its negative impact on productivity and quality of life in general. The maximal working capacity and performance of an individual, whether physical or mental, generally also decreases as the day progresses. The loss of these capabilities is associated with the emergence of fatigue, which is particularly visible in long and demanding tasks or repetitive jobs. However, good management of working time and of the effort invested in each task, as well as the effect of breaks at work can result in better performance and better mental health, delaying the effects of fatigue. In this paper a model and prototype are proposed to detect and monitor fatigue, based on behavioral biometrics (Keystroke Dynamics and Mouse Dynamics). Using this approach, the aim is to develop leisure and work context-aware environments that may improve quality of life and individual performance, as well as productivity in organizations.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sleep Deprivation Mental Fatigue Mental Workload Fatigue Level 
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This work is part-funded by ERDF—European Regional Development Fund through the COMPETE Programme (operational programme for competitiveness) and by National Funds through the FCT—Fundao̧ão para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) within projects FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-028980 (PTDC/EEI-SII/1386/2012) and project Scope UID/CEC/00319/2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Pimenta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Davide Carneiro
    • 1
  • José Neves
    • 1
  • Paulo Novais
    • 1
  1. 1.Algoritmi Centre—University of MinhoBragaPortugal

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