Cecilia Mascolo has been part of a team at University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory exploring mobile phones as ’sensors’ that can monitor how the user’s emotions change according to their location, surroundings, relationships or the time.
Two Phases of Development: This research is still in its initial stages. Phase one used a small research group of 18 volunteers, using Nokia 6210 Navigator mobile phones running EmotionSense software, over a 10-day period. While, the second phase of development will focus on making the programme more energy efficient and exploring how additional features of the mobile phone could be used to expand the tool. “The point is where is this technology going, how can we make it safe, secure and unobtrusive,” said Mascolo.
Successful Trial: The research team was working to refine the system further by improving its emotion classification and its response to background noise. The successful trial will be detailed on Wednesday to the Association for Computing Machinery’s conference in Copenhagen.