A look into the future
In the future, the developers will try to incorporate even more classifiers into the SHORE library, but also to further develop the analysis of continuous emotional states. Take stress, for example, which is a complex human emotional state. With the aid of further information sources, however, it will be possible to analyze even this state from camera images, as Seuß reports: “A good example is the detection of heart rate, which we did in collaboration with colleagues from the Digital Health Systems department. This works based on color change per pulse wave in the face – and serves as an additional vital parameter for determining physical and emotional states.” In long-term monitoring, for example, it could provide indications of physical illnesses. Fraunhofer IIS can also rely on know‑how from other areas.[k1] “We have colleagues in medical engineering, we have university partners – we don’t answer these questions alone,” Seuß explains. He emphasizes the good cooperation in general as well as specifically within the team. It was always an outstanding quality of the developer team, and one that led them to success: “The team members always pulled together and sought to ensure that the very best went into SHORE. With exemplary commitment, they poured their hearts and souls into their work.” Here’s to another successful 15 years!