Physiological Computing

Initially a PhD project to define and demonstrate tool support for the development of interactive computer 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 physiocomp system circa 1999


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

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

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

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

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

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.

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