Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Granting Department

Computer Science and Engineering

Major Professor

Shaun Canavan, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Tempestt Neal, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Paul Rosen, Ph.D.


Affective, Classification, Detection, Expression, Face, Statistical model


To fully understand the complexities of human emotion, the integration of multiple physical features from different modalities can be advantageous. Considering this, this thesis presents an approach to emotion recognition using handcrafted features that consist of 3D facial data, action units, and physiological data. Each modality independently, as well as the combination of each for recognizing human emotion were analyzed.

This analysis includes the use of principal component analysis to determine which dimensions of the feature vector are most important for emotion recognition. The proposed features are shown to be able to be used to accurately recognize emotion and that the proposed approach outperforms the current state of the art on the BP4D+ dataset, across multiple modalities.