Dr Jenny Tillotson

University position

Visiting Researcher


Department of Psychiatry



Home page

http://www.escent.ai (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Developmental Neuroscience


This research crosses neuroscience, design, scent, biotechnology, complementary therapies and AI and combines wearable technology with biometric and connected sensors.


Using aroma-based stress management strategies, anxiety can be reduced using controlled-release fragrances to alleviate stress and improve sleep. Aromas 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

Sensors and emotionally responsive aroma emitters are embedded into clothing/jewellery/masks as a closed-loop scent intervention

Research Focus







Clinical conditions


Anxiety disorders


Bipolar disorder


Impulse control disorder (trichotillomania, etc)

Panic disorder

Personality disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Seasonal affective disorder

Sleep disorders



Adaptive Scent Technology

Behavioural analysis

Wearable Technology



Ljlijana Fruk

Chris Lowe

United Kingdom

Carolyn Mair Web: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caro...


Andreas Manz Web: http://www.kist-europe.de/index.p...

Associated News Items

Key publications

Tillotson JR (2020), “Sensory Design and Smart Textiles” The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities, Edited by Paul Crawford, Brian Brown, Andrea Charise Vol 1

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 (2019), “Sensory Fashion Stress Management Tools To Prevent A Bipolar Relapse: A Wearable Biofeedback Scent Intervention” Winston Churchill Fellowship Report Vol 1

Tillotson JR, Temple S (2019), “Liquid and dispensing system creating and maintaining a personalized bubble with a defined radius and concentration” PCT patent PCT/GB2018/052097


Tillotson JR, Mair C (2017), “Applying Aroma-based Technology to Enhance Wellbeing in an Adolescent Population” Youth Mental Health Conference 2017, University of Nottingham

Tillotson JR, Silina YE, Manz A (2017), “Storage and controlled release of fragrances maintaining a constant ratio of volatile compounds” Analytical Methods 2017,9, 6073-6082


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