JACIII Vol.20 No.5 pp. 765-772
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2016.p0765


A System for the Comprehensive Quantification of Real-Time Heartbeat Activity

Wanhui Wen, Jian Zeng, Guohui Hu, and Guangyuan Liu

School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Southwest China University
Beibei, Chongqing 400715, China

Corresponding author

August 1, 2015
June 17, 2016
Online released:
September 20, 2016
September 20, 2016
heart rate, physiological arousal, local Hurst exponent, relative fluctuation

Heartbeat can reflect the dynamics of the heart control system, and it is also a commonly used index in health monitoring, exercise load calculation and psycho-physiological arousal quantification. This paper fuses three heartbeat measures, i.e. the running mean, the range of local Hurst exponents and the relative fluctuation, to construct a system that can automatically quantify the heartbeat activity both from its static aspect and from its dynamic aspect in a real-time manner. Experiments show that the system can reveal the heartbeat arousal difference between physically relaxed status and exercise-loaded status. When the affective heartbeat data in literature are quantified by this system, the results also show the capability of the system to illustrate psycho-physiological arousal.

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