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Physiological Computing



1996 – present


Initially a PhD project to define and demonstrate tool support for the development of interactive systems incorporating detectable human physiological data. Undertaken in the Computing Department at Lancaster University. PhD awarded 2000.

I coined the term ‘Physiological Computing’ in 2001 to describe a subject-specific workshop at CHI2002 (with Gillian M. Wilson of University College, London). Today work on Physiological Computing continues at the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, LJMU and is headed up by  Professor Stephen Fairclough and Kiel Gilleade.



Schematic for prototype physiocomp system, circa 1999



BodyLab @ LJMU’s OpenLabs [29/ 02/2012] Blog post

Physiological Computing Workshop @ CHI 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota [21/04/2002]

The Role of Electrophysiology in Human-Computer Interaction, Panel session @ IHM-HCI Conference in Lille [10/09/11]



Kiel Mark Gilleade, Alan J. Dix, Jennifer Allanson (2005): Affective Videogames and Modes of Affective Gaming: Assist Me, Challenge Me, Emote Me (ACE). Digital Games Research Association Conference. Vancouver [Tech report]

Jennifer Allanson (2005) Physiology. Book chapter for the  Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction. Bainbridge, W.S. (Ed.) ISBN: 0-9743091-2-5

Louise Venables, Jennifer Allanson, Stephen H. Fairclough (2004): The efficacy of psychophysiology for realising affective computing. Extended Abstracts of ACM International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2004), Vienna

Jennifer Allanson, Stephen H. Fairclough (2004): A research agenda for physiological computing. Interacting with Computers 16(5): 857-878 [Full Paper]

Jennifer Allanson (2002): Electrophysiologically-Interactive Computer Systems. IEEE Computer Journal (cover article). March 2002 Vol. 35 Number 3 pp 60-65.[IEEEComputerArticle]

Jennifer Allanson, Gillian M. Wilson (2002): Physiological Computing. Extended Abstracts of ACM International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI2002), Minneapolis pp. 63. [Online proceedings]

Gillian Wilson, Jennifer Allanson (2001): The Role of Electrophysiology in Human-Computer Interaction. Proceedings of IHM-HCI Conference, Lille 2001 pp. 251-254.

Jennifer Allanson (2000): Developing Support for Electrophysiologically-interactive Computer Systems. Ph.D. Thesis. Lancaster University 2000 [Thesis]

Jennifer Allanson, Tom Rodden, John Mariani (1999): A Toolkit for Exploring Electro-Physiological Human-Computer Interaction. Proceedings of the Computer Society’s International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (Interact99), Edinburgh, UK 1999 pp. 231-237. [Full paper]

Jennifer Allanson and John Mariani (1999): Mind Over Virtual Matter: Using Virtual Environments for Neurofeedback Training. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Virtual Reality (VR99), Houston TX 1999 pp. 270-274.



How is the glut of communications devices affecting communication? Wired (invited comment) April 2003, Issue 11.04 [page]