Week 5

Last week, when I showed my matrices to Karsten, he was very pleased. He said it would soon prove to be of great help with my further research on emotion recognition. Karsten also pointed out a clever way to include these matrices in the final thesis document: replace each X by the appropriate bibliography reference.

Although I haven’t got much to show for it, I have been rather busy past week. I’ve been reading up on all the details of LaTeX table construction in order to successfully import the matrices in my thesis document. I also spent a fair amount of time importing the MindWave brainwave sensor library for testing purposes, which turned out to be a waste of time due to my Android phone not being able to connect to Android Studio anyway (still no idea why and trying to solve this problem). I was however able to analyze most of the API classes and corresponding documentation without running it, leading me to the conclusion that the Muse headband (discussed last week) would be the better alternative considering my research area. Another thing I did was go through the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) documentation for hardware producers (i.e. the Android Compatibility Definition Document) to look for the most commonly supported Android sensors on the market, these turned out to be an accelerometer, a magnetometer, a GPS, a gyroscope and a barometer. One last thing I did, was skim the first chapter of the second edition of the ‘Human Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications’, because Karsten told me that this would give me a good idea of how to structure the general introduction of my final thesis document.

Lastly, I contacted my promotor (Katrien) to discuss the possibility of using additional sensors (not available in the HCI department) for my research. She and Joris (another thesis mentor, not mine though) managed to set up a meeting with Imec this Friday, during which I will have the chance to pitch the representatives my research and ask them for additional ‘sensor sponsorship’

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