2019 International Conference

Lee Hinkle and Vangelis Metsis at the conference


In June 2019, Texas State was represented by Computer Science instructors at the International Conference on Data Intelligence and Security. Lee Hinkle and Vangelis Metsis presented a paper entitled "Physiological Measurement for Emotion Recognition in Virtual Reality." The goal of the work is to answer the question: Can we accurately detect human emotion through physiological measurements? 

Motivation:  With Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR) becoming more prevalent the real-time monitoring of emotional/affective state could benefit multiple applications including:

  • Training/Education: detect excitement/frustration about delivered content – adapt difficulty.
  • Intervention therapy: monitor response to stimuli during VR exposure therapy – adapt therapy.
  • Entertainment/Gaming: monitor engagement/excitement – adapt content, recommend new content.

Objectives of the work and presentation included:

  • Evaluate the extent to which emotional responses caused by interaction with VR environments can be measured through physiological biosignals.
  • Establish a methodology and discuss the challenges of biosignal data acquisition using current hardware capabilities.
  • To design a general-purpose machine learning approach for emotional response classification of the sensor data


Continuing the success of the first conference in 2018, the 2nd Annual ICDIS 2019 was oriented to: (1) provide a unique forum where data management, data intelligence, and data security are all involved; (2) provide a forum for researchers, experts, professionals and stakeholders in related fields to disseminate their recent advances and share their views on future perspectives.



Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020, midnight