ECG-Based Human Emotion Recognition Across Multiple Subjects

  • Desislava Nikolova
  • Petia Mihaylova
  • Agata ManolovaEmail author
  • Petia Georgieva
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 283)


Electrocardiogram (ECG) based affective computing is a new research field that aims to find correlates between human emotions and the registered ECG signals. Typically, emotion recognition systems are personalized, i.e. the discrimination models are subject-dependent. Building subject-independent models is a harder problem due to the high ECG variability between individuals. In this paper, we study the potential of two machine learning methods (Logistic Regression and Artificial Neural Network) to discriminate human emotional states across multiple subjects. The users were exposed to movies with different emotional content (neutral, fear, disgust) and their ECG activity was registered. Based on extracted features from the ECG recordings, the three emotional states were partially discriminated.


ECG Affective computing Human emotion recognition Machine learning Artificial Neural Networks Logistic Regression 



This work was supported by European Regional Development Fund and the Operational Program “Science and Education for Smart Growth” under contract UNITe BG05M2OP001-1.001-0004-01 (2018–2023).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technical University of SofiaSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.DETI/IEETAUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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