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Bachelor and Master Theses
ECG Analysis while Driving [VERSTECKT]
Bakk-/Masterarbeit vom 13. December 2013; offen

Problem definition, Approach:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) and related measures (HRV, autochronic image) offer great potential in person psychological state change evaluation
  • Measure the influence of several factors of influence on driver's emotional state
  • Several small-scale experiments
    1) driving through tunnels (in particular for persons with claustrophobia)
    2) compare driver workload with copassenger workload while driving on a motorway (200km);
    changes expected due to concentration on task of driving, getting tired on long distance traveling
    3) simulated driving with dual task experiment
    4) more situations/scenarios to be developed

Expected outcome (different results, depending on experiment, expected):

  • Changing RR, HRV when driving through a (long) tunnel (further verification: driver compared to co-driver)
  • Highway driving: higher RR, HRV variation of the driver compared to co-driver; driver gets faster tired


  • Interest in software/prototype development (Java, C/C++/C#)
  • User study: Setup and carry out several (maybe self) experiments
  • Good command of English (understanding of related work; Thesis is preferred written in English)
  • Typesetting using LaTeX (--> Miktex, TeXnicCenter) + BibTeX (-->Jabref)

Time schedule:

  • Start: flexible, as of now
  • Estimated completion date: within 12 months

Further information:


[Brosschot2007] J.F. Brosschot, E. van Dijk and J.F. Thayer, Daily worry is related to low heart rate variability during waking and the subsequent nocturnal sleep period. International Journal of Psychophysiology,  63  (2007), pp. 39-47.
[Pieper2007] Suzanne Pieper, Jos F. Brosschot, Rien van der Leeden, and Julian F. Thayer. Cardiac Effects of Momentary Assessed Worry Episodes and Stressful Events Psychosom Med November 1, 2007 69:901-909, doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31815a9230.
[Agelink2001 Marcus W. Agelink, Rolf Malessa, Bruno Baumann, Thomas Majewski, Frank Akila, Thomas Zeit and Dan Ziegler. Standardized tests of heart rate variability: normal ranges obtained from 309 healthy humans, and effects of age, gender, and heart rate. Clinical Autonomic Research, Volume 11, Number 2, 99-108, DOI: 10.1007/BF02322053