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Domain adaptation techniques for EEG-based emotion recognition: A comparative study on two public datasets

: Lan, Zirui; Sourina, Olga; Wang, Lipo; Scherer, Reinhold; Müller-Putz, Gernot


IEEE transactions on cognitive and developmental systems 11 (2019), Nr.1, S.85-94
ISSN: 2379-8920
ISSN: 2379-8939
Fraunhofer Singapore ()
Electroencephalography (EEG); emotion recognition; brain-computer interfaces (BCI); Lead Topic: Digitized Work; Research Line: Human computer interaction (HCI); feature extraction

Affective brain-computer interface (aBCI) introduces personal affective factors to human-computer interaction. The state-of-the-art aBCI tailors its classifier to each individual user to achieve accurate emotion classification. A subject-independent classifier that is trained on pooled data from multiple subjects generally leads to inferior accuracy, due to the fact that encephalogram (EEG) patterns vary from subject to subject. Transfer learning or domain adaptation techniques have been leveraged to tackle this problem. Existing studies have reported successful applications of domain adaptation techniques on SEED dataset. However, little is known about the effectiveness of the domain adaptation techniques on other affective datasets or in a cross-dataset application. In this paper, we focus on a comparative study on several state-of-the-art domain adaptation techniques on two datasets: DEAP and SEED. We demonstrate that domain adaptation techniques can improve the classification accuracy on both datasets, but not so effective on DEAP as on SEED. Then, we explore the efficacy of domain adaptation in a cross-dataset setting when the data are collected under different environments using different devices and experimental protocols. Here, we propose to apply domain adaptation to reduce the intersubject variance as well as technical discrepancies between datasets, and then train a subject-independent classifier on one dataset and test on the other. Experiment results show that using domain adaptation technique in a transductive adaptation setting can improve the accuracy significantly by 7.25% – 13.40% compared to the baseline accuracy where no domain adaptation technique is used.