Affect Detection for Human-Horse Interaction

Turke Althobaiti, Stamos Katsigiannis, Daune West, Malcolm Bronte-Stewart, Naeem Ramzan

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In this work, we aim to study the potential use of affect recognition techniques for examining the interaction between humans and horses using qualitative and quantitative methods. To this end, we propose a multi-modal portable system for physiological signal acquisition such as the electrocardiogram (ECG), electromyogram (EMG), and electroencephalogram (EEG). The proposed system is used to acquire signals while users are interacting with horses. The captured signals will then be used in order to quantitatively evaluate human and equine interaction by mapping the signals to the emotional state of the subjects using machine learning techniques. In this preliminary study, ECG based features were utilised in order to create a supervised classification model that can identify emotions elicited during human-horse interaction. Experimental results provide evidence about the efficiency of the proposed approach in distinguishing between negative and positive emotions, reaching a classification accuracy of 74.21%.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st Saudi Computer Society National Computer Conference (NCC’2018)
ISBN (Electronic)9781538641101
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018
Event21st Saudi Computer Society National Computer Conference - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 25 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
Conference number: 21


Conference21st Saudi Computer Society National Computer Conference
Abbreviated titleNCC’2018
Country/TerritorySaudi Arabia
Internet address


  • emotion recognition
  • physiological signals
  • human/horse interaction
  • EEG
  • ECG
  • EMG


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