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Projects Posture Recognition Chair
We have developed a system to recognize posture patterns and associated affective states in real time, in an unobtrusive way, from a set of pressure sensors on a chair. This system discriminates states of children in learning situations, such as when the child is interested, or is starting to take frequent breaks and looking bored. The system uses pattern recognition techniques, while watching natural behaviors, to "learn" what behaviors tend to accompany which states. The system thus detects the surface-level behaviors (postures) and their mappings during a learning situation in an unobtrusive manner so that they don't interfere with the natural learning process. Through the chair, we can reliably detect nine static postures, and four temporal patterns associated with affective states.

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