Rong-Hao Liang

IEEE Access Journal

AffectiveWall: Collective Stress-Related Physiological Data Visualization for Reflection

Mengru Xue, Rong-Hao Liang, Bin Yu, Mathias Funk, Jun Hu, Loe M.G. Feijs

TU Eindhoven

IEEE Xplore


Excessive workplace stress affects the individual’s health as well as social collaborations, so the management of stressors is essential. However, an individual worker who only subjectively reflects on his or her individual and social stressors may misinterpret them, and thus not be able to manage them. This paper aims at engaging workplace stress reflection on objective stress-related physiological data using a shared display, which provides an anonymous view of the individual stress-related physiological signals (i.e., heart-rate variability) through a collective visualization. A minimalist proof-of-concept system is implemented for investigating the design space and deployed during group collaboration. The user study results show that the visualization successfully drew the participants’ awareness and increased their understanding of self and organizational stress. This work highlights the importance of objective physiological data in the reflection process of organizational stress management.


data visualisation;employee welfare;groupware;occupational stress;organisational aspects;physiology;social stressors;workplace stress reflection;physiological signals;heart-rate variability;minimalist proof-of-concept system;organizational stress management;collective stress-related physiological data visualization;social collaborations;AffectiveWall;Stress;Data visualization;Physiology;Heart rate variability;Biological control systems;Stress measurement;Indexes;Organizational stress;stress visualization;reflection;biofeedback;workplace

Cite this work (IEEE)

M. Xue, R. Liang, B. Yu, M. Funk, J. Hu and L. Feijs, "AffectiveWall: Designing Collective Stress-Related Physiological Data Visualization for Reflection," in IEEE Access, vol. 7, pp. 131289-131303, 2019, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2940866.

Cite this work (Bibtex)

  author={M. {Xue} and R. {Liang} and B. {Yu} and M. {Funk} and J. {Hu} and L. {Feijs}},
  journal={IEEE Access}, 
  title={AffectiveWall: Designing Collective Stress-Related Physiological Data Visualization for Reflection},