SolicitudeSavvy: An IoT-based edge intelligent framework for monitoring anxiety in real-time

Prabha Sundaravadivel, Parker Wilmoth, Ashton Fitzgerald
University of Texas at Tyler


Anxiety disorders affect more than 18 percent of the population and is the most common mental illnesses in the US. There is a great demand to address this emerging epidemic with tools to differentiate and diagnose such disorders, and to create awareness especially in places like NorthEast Texas which is home to 1.5 million people with 58 percent of them living in rural areas. The goal of the proposed device is to diagnose as many anxiety disorders as possible, in real-time using the diagnosing wearable framework, SolicitudeSavvy, which uses technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), a network of interconnected devices, to accomplish such a task. The proposed IoT-based device has two components: a custom-built wearable necklace that contains sensors to collect data about the user as they go about their day and a low-cost portable system that monitors Electrooculography (EoG) signal using a camera. The partial necklace attaches to the shirt and opens halfway around the wearer’s neck and the EoG can be attached to any eyewear. The device monitors the user throughout the day, and even as they go to bed at night. This information is accumulated in the IoT cloud and analyzed to see exactly what type of disorder(s) the patient may suffer from. The authorized personnel i.e. doctor or therapist, can use this pattern to find a treatment that best suits them and is most likely to resolve their affliction.