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Contrastive Learning of Electrodermal Activity Representations for Stress Detection
Katie Matton · Robert Lewis · John Guttag · Rosalind Picard

Fri Dec 02 01:00 PM -- 02:00 PM (PST) @
Event URL: https://openreview.net/forum?id=bSC_xo8VQ1b »

Electrodermal activity (EDA), usually measured as skin conductance, is a biosignal that contains valuable information for health monitoring. However, building machine learning models utilizing EDA data is challenging because EDA measurements tend to be noisy and sparsely labelled. To address this problem, we investigate applying contrastive learning to EDA. The EDA signal presents different challenges than the domains to which contrastive learning is usually applied (e.g., text and images). In particular, EDA is non-stationary and subject to specific kinds of noise. In this study, we focus on designing contrastive learning methods that are tailored to EDA data. We propose novel transformations of EDA signals to produce sets of positive examples within a contrastive learning framework. We evaluate our proposed approach on the downstream task of stress detection. We find that the embeddings learned with our contrastive pre-training approach outperform baselines, including fully supervised methods.

Author Information

Katie Matton (MIT)

PhD student working on machine learning and causality, with a focus on mental health applications

Robert Lewis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
John Guttag (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Rosalind Picard (MIT Media Lab)

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