Automatic Detection and Prediction of Cybersickness Severity using Deep Neural Networks from user’s Physiological Signals

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PubDate: August 2020

Teams: University of Texas at San Antonio;University of Houston

Writers: Rifatul Islam;Yonggun Lee;Mehrad Jaloli

PDF: Automatic Detection and Prediction of Cybersickness Severity using Deep Neural Networks from user’s Physiological Signals

Abstract

Cybersickness is one of the primary challenges to the usability and acceptability of virtual reality (VR). Cybersickness can cause motion sickness-like discomforts, including disorientation, headache, nausea, and fatigue, both during and after the VR immersion. Prior research suggested a significant correlation between physiological signals and cybersickness severity, as measured by the simulator sickness questionnaire (SSQ). However, SSQ may not be suitable for automatic detection of cybersickness severity during immersion, as it is usually reported before and after the immersion. In this study, we introduced an automated approach for the detection and prediction of cybersickness severity from the user’s physiological signals. We collected heart rate, breathing rate, heart rate variability, and galvanic skin response data from 31 healthy participants while immersed in a virtual roller coaster simulation. We found a significant difference in the participants’ physiological signals during their cybersickness state compared to their resting baseline. We compared a support vector machine classifier and three deep neural classifiers for cybersickness severity detection and prediction in two minutes’ future, given the previous two minutes of physiological signals. Our proposed simplified convolutional long short-term memory classifier achieved an accuracy of 97.44% for detecting current cybersickness severity and 87.38% for predicting future cybersickness severity from the physiological signals.

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