A Low Cost Pupillometry Approach

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Petridis, S., Giannakopoulos, T., & Spyropoulos, C. D.
The need for low-cost health monitoring is increasing with the continuous increase of the elderly population. In this context, unobtrusive audiovisual monitoring methods can be of great importance. More particularly, the diameter of the pupil is a valuable source of information, since, apart from pathological cases, it can reveal the emotional state, the fatigue and the ageing. To allow for unobtrusive monitoring to gain acceptance, one should seek for efficient methods of monitoring using common low-cost hardware. This paper describes a method for monitoring pupil sizes using a common, low-cost web camera in real time. The proposed approach detects the face and the eyes area at first stage. Subsequently, optimal iris and sclera location and radius, modeled as ellipses, are found using efficient spatial filtering. As a final step, the pupil center and radius is estimated by optimal filtering within the area of the iris. Experimental results show both the efficiency and the effectiveness of our approach.
Computational Intelligence Laboratory (CIL)
Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (SKEL)
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International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications
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doi: 10.4018/IJEHMC.2015100104

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