Indoor environmental effects on individual wellbeing

Karthik Srinivasan, Sudha Ram

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


A growing literature demonstrates the impact of the built environment on human health and wellbeing. A wide range of factors such as daylight exposure, ambient noise and air quality may alter an individual's instantaneous state of wellbeing. Instantaneous state of wellbeing has been associated with variability in the physiological stress response. Our research goal is to capture the effect of indoor environment changes on shortterm stress response of individuals. At an early stage in this research project, we demarcate our problem by posing three questions: (a) "Which are the indoor environmental factors that correlate with heart rate variability?" (b) "Can episodic stress levels be identified using stress response patterns?" (c) "Can we optimize the overall wellbeing of individuals at workspace by controlling indoor environment?". We briefly discuss our ongoing study setup and interim results. Thereafter, we propose a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) based framework to address the second question. Addressing the first two questions provides a foundation to address the third question which is the end goal of this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDH 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 Digital Health Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342247
StatePublished - Apr 11 2016
Event6th International Conference on Digital Health, DH 2016 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Apr 11 2016Apr 13 2016

Publication series

NameDH 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 Digital Health Conference


Other6th International Conference on Digital Health, DH 2016


  • Episodic stress
  • Mixed Hidden Markov Models
  • Well-being analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Information Management
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics


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