Title Estimating User Interruptibility by Measuring Table-top Pressure
Authors Takahisa Tani (Sokendai)
Seiji Yamada (NII)
Abstract A user working with his/her desktop computer would benefit from notifications (e.g., e-mails, micro-blogs, and application updates) being given at adequate times when he/she is interruptible. To do so, a notification system needs to determine the user's state of activity. In this paper, we propose a novel method for estimating user states with a pressure sensor on a desk. We use a lattice-like pressure sensor sheet and distinguish between two simple user states: interruptible or not. The pressure can be measured without the user being aware of it, and changes in the pressure reflect useful information like typing, an arm resting on the desk, mouse operation, and so on. We carefully developed features which can be extracted from the sensed raw data and used a machine learning technique to identify the user's interruptibility. We conducted experiments for two different tasks to evaluate the accuracy of our proposed method and obtained promising results.
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