Empathokinesthetic sensors for biofeedback in depressed patients (D02)
Project leader: Matthias Berking, Björn Eskofier
Project members: Stephanie Böhme, Lena Marie Gmelch, Klara Capito, Robert Richer, Lydia Rupp, Misha Sadeghi, Bernhard Egger
Start date: 1. July 2021
End date: 30. June 2025
Funding source: DFG / Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB)
The aim of the D02 project is the establishment of empathokinesthetic sensor technology and methods of machine learning as a means for the automatic detection and modification of depression-associated facial expressions, posture, and movement. The aim is to clarify to what extent, with the help of kinesthetic-related modifications influence depressogenic information processing and/or depressive symptoms. First, we will record facial expressions, body posture, and movement relevant to depression with the help of currently available technologies (e.g., RGB and depth cameras, wired EMG, established emotion recognition software) and use them as input parameters for new machine learning models to automatically detect depression-associated affect expressions. Secondly, a fully automated biofeedback paradigm is to be implemented and validated using the project results available up to that point. More ways of real-time feedback of depression-relevant kinaesthesia are investigated. Thirdly, we will research possibilities of mobile use of the biofeedback approach developed up to then.