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    Dr Jenny Tillotson FRSA

    University Position
    Visiting Scientist


    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

    eScent FFP3 facemask

    Funded by an InnovateUK Sustainable Innovation Fund Award


  • Peter Jones
  • Key Publications

    The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities

    Journal: Sensory Design and Smart Textiles
    Year: 2020
    Authors: J.Tillotson

    Emotionally Responsive Wearable Technology and Stress Detection for Affective Disorders

    Journal: Psychiatria Danubina
    Year: 2017
    Authors: J.Tillotson

    Scentsory Design: A “Holistic” Approach to Fashion as a Vehicle to Deliver Emotional Well-being

    Journal: Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process & the Fashion Industry
    Year: 2009
    Authors: J.Tillotson

    Scent Whisper

    Journal: IET Seminar on MEMS Sensors and Actuators
    Year: 2006
    Authors: G.Jenkins, J.Tillotson, A.Manz


    Storage and controlled release of fragrances maintaining a constant ratio of volatile compounds

    DOI: DOI
    Journal: Analytical Methods
    Year: 2017
    Authors: Y. E. Silina, J.Tillotson, A.Manz

    Design & Scent

    Journal: Design & Emotion Moves
    Year: 2008
    Authors: J.Tillotson, B.Hughes