Understanding Implicit User Feedback from Multisensorial and Physiological Data: A case study

Ensuring the quality of user experience is very important for increasing the acceptance likelihood of software applications, which can be affected by several contextual factors that continuously change over time (e.g., emotional state of end-user). Due to these changes in the context, software continually needs to adapt for delivering software services that can satisfy user needs. However, to achieve this adaptation, it is important to gather and understand the user feedback. In this paper, we mainly investigate whether physiological data can be considered and used as a form of implicit user feedback. To this end, we conducted a case study involving a tourist traveling abroad, who used a wearable device for monitoring his physiological data, and a smartphone with a mobile app for reminding him to take his medication on time during four days. Through the case study, we were able to identify some factors and activities as emotional triggers, which were used for understanding the user context. Our results highlight the importance of having a context analyzer, which can help the system to determine whether the detected stress could be considered as actionable and consequently as implicit user feedback.

keywords: Actionable emotion, Implicit user feedback, Physiological data, Con- text information, Case study