Towards Predicting Attention and Workload During Math Problem Solving

  • Ange TatoEmail author
  • Roger Nkambou
  • Ramla Ghali
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11528)


Gifted students are characterized by a low level of attention and workload. Thus, it is very important to detect the variation of these values in real time when children are solving problems. A low value of workload or attention could be an indicator that the child is gifted. In this paper, we conducted a preliminary study in order to detect when children have a low values of attention or workload. A sample of 17 pupils participated in this study by solving math problems in an environment called Netmath. The EEG signal data collected from the experiment was used to train a Long Short Term Memory network (LSTM) to predict two mental states (attention and workload) in real time, when solving math problem. First results show that it is possible to predict these values in real time and the accuracy of the prediction is slightly above the random model. This pilot research provide some insight to the hypothesis that we can predict those variables in real time, which might be useful to intelligent tutor and to detect gifted children.


Electroencephalography (EEG) prediction LSTM Attention Workload 



We would like to thanks The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) for their financial support and Beam Me Up Games.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université du Québec à MontréalMontrealCanada

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