Dr Jenny Tillotson
http://www.escent.ai (personal home page)
This research crosses design, biotechnology, complementary therapies, AI and neuroscience and combines wearable technology with new generation of sensors.
Using aroma-based stress management strategies, anxiety can be reduced using controlled-release fragrances to alleviate stress and improve sleep. Aromatherapy coupled with biosensors create data-driven solutions for wellbeing and preventative healthcare, informed by psychology and neurology studies that show the influence of essential oils on affective and cognitive states in humans.
This work presents an empowering sensory technology that emits context-dependent mood-enhancing aromas depending on biofeedback. In response to a real-time dynamic change in mood, biology, behaviour, voice analysis and sleep patterns, fragrances respond to emotional and sensory cues by using AI to learn from the user.
Novel sensors and emotionally responsive fragrance emitters are embedded into clothing/jewellery as an effective scent intervention
Associated News Items
Tillotson JR (2017), “Emotionally Responsive Wearable Technology and Stress Detection for Affective Disorders ” Psychiatria Danubina Vol. 29, Suppl. 3, pp 604-606 PDF
Tillotson JR (2009), “Scentsory Design: A “Holistic” Approach to Fashion as a Vehicle to Deliver Emotional Well-being’ ” Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry BERG, Vol 1, p 33-61
Tillotson JR, Jenkins G, Manz A (2006), “Scent Whisper” IET Seminar on MEMS Sensors and Actuators p 99-104
Tillotson JR, Mair C (2017), “Applying Aroma-based Technology to Enhance Wellbeing in an Adolescent Population” Youth Mental Health Conference 2017, University of Nottingham http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/AY/C7AY01799E#!divAbstract
Tillotson JR, Silina YE, Manz A (in press), “Storage and controlled release of fragrances maintaining a constant ratio of volatile compounds” Analytical Methods http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/AY/C7AY01799E#!divAbstract
Tillotson JR (2013), “Scentsory Design - A 'Science Fashion' Vision in Perfumery” British Perfumery A Fragrant History p 216-221
Tillotson JR, Rolland MJL, Lahiri K (2013), “The Oneiric Dimension of Electronic Scents” FutureScan2: Collective Voices 2 Vol 2, p74-89
Tillotson JR (2012), “Live Scent: Evil Stench” This Pervasive Day: The Potential And Perils of Pervasive Computing IC Press, p 53-68
Tillotson JR, Oliver R, Toomey A (2009), “Bioengineered Textiles and Non Woven’s – The Convergence of Bio-miniaturization and Electro-active Conductive Polymers for Assisted healthcare, Portable Power and Design-Led Wearable Technology” Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics Vol 2, no 1
Tillotson JR (2008), “Scentsory Design: Scent Whisper and Fashion Fluidics” Transdisciplinary Digital Art. Sound, Vision and the New Screen, Communications in Computer and Information Science book series CCIS, volume 7, p 403-417
Tillotson JR (2006), “Scentsory Design: The Emotional Living Tissue” The Future of the 20th Century: Collecting, Interpreting & Conserving Modern Materials p 3-10
Tillotson JR, Hughes B (2006), “Design & Scent” Design & Emotion Moves p 204-220
Tillotson JR (1997), “Interactive Olfactory Surfaces: The Wellness Collection, A Science Fashion Story” Royal College of Art PhD Thesis