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Eiman Kanjo

Associate Prof. Eiman Kanjo

Associate Professor

Computer Science


Dr Kanjo is currently an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department. She conducts research in Mobile Sensing, Pervasive Computing, Affective Computing and Data Science and she currently leads the Smart Sensing and IoT Lab and she also leads the technical development of the Smart Campus project.

Dr Kanjo is a technologist who works closely with industry, local authorities and end user organisations to solve real-world problems. She works closely with Nottingham County Council and Nottingham City Council on developing its Smart Cities strategy and she is the technical lead of the NTU Smart Campus project.

Dr Kanjo was first to coin the phrase 'Mobile Sensing' and wrote some of the earliest papers on the subject (GeoMobSens and Mobsens). She also built the first noise monitoring system using the phone-based microphone (NoiseSpy). Her current work (EnvBodySens) on studying and quantifying the impact of Environment on wellbeing using Mobile Sensing, Deep Learning, Data Science and AI, complements her work on Urban Computing in order to make sense of a place (NeuroPlace, ShopMobia).

Also, Eiman is also an expert in developing digital technologies for Mental Health and she has been involved in a wide range of projects in this area, including (NotiMind). She works closely with Mental Health networks and charities and currently developing novel Fidgeting Interfaces to reduce Anxiety  and Stress among adult and school children. She often employs data science and on-device processing (on Edge Computing) to create privacy preserving pervasive tools that can transform wellbeing.

Eiman's team is active in developing tools and solutions to minimise the risk of COVID19, and recently developed a low-cost wearable for social distancing and contact tracing.

I am the module leader of the following mobile and pervasive Computing modules ( Google Android):

  • Mobile Platform Applications (MPS), Final year level, Computer Science cluster
  • Mobile Interactive Systems, MSc level

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Current  Funded Projects & Research Fellows

  • (*new project 2021*) EU ERDF/D2N2 funded project in collaboration with Nottingham University "Live Experiential and Digital Diversification: Nottingham (LEADD:NG)"
  • LEADD:NG will support SMEs to use the full range of technologies required to deliver commercial online immersive experiences. These include interface technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and Internet of Things, but also enabling platform technologies including streaming, social media and data analytics that are required to integrate these into an online experience.  The project to bring the innovations and opportunities of the ‘live’ and digital ‘experience economy’ - a burgeoning area of development and investment - to both the visitor economy (culture, heritage, leisure, hospitality, retail) and the creative and digital industries (including design, fashion, gaming, film, publishing, music).

  • (*new*) Social Distancing and ContactTracing wearable for staff and students safety.
  • (*new*) OverCrowding monitoring and Alert System for encouraging social distancing- In collaboration with Nottingham City Council,
  • (*new*) Well-Being Band
  • (*new*) Project: DCMS 5G Connected Forest: The consortium is led by Nottinghamshire County Council and includes Nottingham Trent University, Birmingham City University, Netmore IOT Solutions, Gooii, ISPB, Harworth Group, Centre Parcs UK, Stagecoach East Midlands and Parkwood Outdoor, (£10,000,000).
  • Project: Developing Tools using Internet of Things and Data Science for Crime Prevention, in Collaboration  with UCL Dawes Center for Future Crime, researcher: Dario Ortega Anderez, (£105,000).
  • Project: Mental Health Social Netowork Analyisis using NLP and Graph Networks (in Collaboration with Alan Turing Institute), (£50,000), researcher:  Mital Kinderkhedia
  • KTP Associate in Smart Building- Sensor fusion- Data Analytics In collaboration with Scenariio LtD (£120,000), Researcher: Jack Hall
  • Project: Prototyping TangToys (Tangible Toys to Improve Mental Health): Explorative work for designing digital technology for and with Children with Intellectual Disability, ESRC
  • Project: Assessment Of Human Performance For Human-Autonomy Teaming, Intelligent Ship call, Funded by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL). Phase1 (£85,000) and Phase2 (£250,000).
  • Project: "Design and Development of Collaborative UAV/Drones Network Platform", sponsered by the MTC (£83,000).
  • Project: Small Steps, Big Changes Evaluation Partner, Funded by Nottingham CityCare Partnerships, Nottingham CityCare Partnerships Default Scheme, (£2,200,000k).

Previous Projects I was invloved in:

  • Innovate UK /SBRI NTU PI
  • British Academy NTU CO-I
  • EPSRC MESSAGE (Mobile Environmental Sensing System Across Grid Environments) Research Fellow at University of Cambridge
  • EPSRC Participate (Pervasive Computing for Mass Participation in Environmental Monitoring) Research Fellow at University of Nottingham
  • EU PERG (Pervasive Gamng ) Research Fellow at Nottingham University
  • Scottish Enterprise iToys project Research Assistant

Current PhD Students

Director of Study (First Supervisor)

  • Kieran Woodward, Project title: eFidGet: Smart Real-Time Tangible Interface to tackle affective mental health conditions including Stress
  • Tom Johnson, Project Title: Multimodel Sensor Fusion Approach to study the impact of Environment on Wellbeing
  • Amna Anwar, Project Title: The development of Platform & Algorithms for monitoring Crowdedness and Movement Flow
  • Alanoud Alharbi, Project title: User Behaviour Analysis and Modelling from Unstructured Temporal Smartphone Data
Second Supervisor
  • Oonagh O'brien , Project Title: Identification of Problematic Internet Use from College Internet Traffic Contrasted with Psychometric Evaluation from Same Student Body
  • Amirkhashayar Naderian
    Project Title
    : Medical image concealment and anomaly detection using Deep Neural networks and compressive sensing
  • Francesca Ryding
    Project Title:
    The effects of Social Networking Sites on Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    PhD student (coming soon):
  • Gabriel Bonilla Zorita (DTA3 PhD student)
  • George Milev (DTA3 PhD student)

Dr Kanjo has Module Leader responsibility for the following modules:

  • Mobile Interactive Systems (Postgraduate Level) -Based on Android System
  • Mobile Platform Applications (Undergraduate Level- Final year Computer Science) -Based on Android System

She has previously taught Distributed Computing, System Analysis, Data Structure, Cloud Computing, Digital Electronics and Computer Graphics.

Research Keywords: Mobile sensing, Data Science , Affective Computing / Digital Wellbeing, Smart Spaces, Digital Phenotyping, Multimodel Sensor information Fusion, Spatial Analysis and mapping, Proximity detection and Mapping, Edge Computing and On-Device Intelligence , People Count / Crowdedness. Flow and  Social Encounters, Environmental Monitoring and Impact on Health, Mental Health Social Networks.

Career overview

Previously Dr Kanjo worked for more than three years as a Research Associate in Mobile Sensing at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and also she was a member of the Cambridge eScience Centre(CeSC).

Dr Kanjo carried out research work at the MRL (Mixed Reality Lab), Computer Science, University of Nottingham, in the area of Pervasive Computing, location-based applications.

She has also worked as a researcher and developer in ICCAVE (the International Centre for Computer Games and Virtual Entertainment, University of Abertay Dundee, carrying out research work in the "Interactive Toys and Board Games project" which is sponsored by the Scottish Enterprise under the Proof of Concept Programme. View her publications and patents in this area.

Dr Kanjo gained her PhD from the Computer Science Department, University of Abertay Dundee, UK, in the area of Pervasive and Tangible interfaces based on Computer Vision in 2005.

She also worked as a research visitor at Evolaris, Graz, Austria, in Summer 2011.

Please visit Dr Kanjo's webpage on our research group's website and personal website.

Research areas

Here are  some links to  news articles covering Eiman's research:

Digital support

How digital providers came to the fore to support global mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Digital platforms could enable monitoring of mental health crises in real-time, say researchers,-say-researchers

Real-time Environmental Changes impacts Mental Wellbeing

Google's tremor tech: our phones could soon, collectively, help predict an earthquake

Sherwood Forest on target to become world’s first 5G ‘Connected Forest’

Noisy cities disrupt heartbeat and could trigger disease, study suggests

One third of smartphone notifications make our mood worse, research shows

Cyclists' cellphones help monitor air pollution

Pocket air monitor seeks out the causes of asthma

External activity

Recent Talks & Activities

Upcoming talk  "Can we use Data Science and AI to measure how addicted are we to Smart Phones? as part of the Nottingham Festival of Science Event:  "Science in the News – Are we addicted to the internet?" , Feb, 2020.

Invited talk, Overview of the Digital infrastructure for Smart Cities and Retail", meeting with 6 town councils around Nottingham, Jan, 2020.

Organised a workshop in collaboration with UCL Dawes Center for Future Crimes, with focus on Technologies for Crime Prevention. The workshop was attended by many stakeholders including the Home Office, Met Police, Comic Relief and many other charities and end users organisations. Dec, 2019.

Presented our vision for the Future High Street Bid as part of a workshop atteded by retailers, city council representatives, Tech Companies, charities and SMEs, Dec, 2019.

Invited Talk at the Urban Analytics Workshop, "The Life cycle Of Urban Analytics", Birmingham University & Alan Turing Institute, 24th of October, 2019.

Invited talk (and invited workshop) at the British Geriatric Society, "Technology and Loneliness in Older People", April/2019 in Cardiff, to demonstrate the potential of technology for tackling Loneliness.

Invited Keynote to present during the Cross-Cutting Theme Symposium at the APS 2019 Annual Convention in Washington, DC. The topic of the symposium is “Me, My phone, and I’”.

A co-founding member of a newly formed research group looking at Mental Health, NLP and Social Media in collaboration with Manchester University, KCL, Oxford,  Warwick, and Nottingham Universities.

Invited Talk: "Beyond GPS: Proximity Detection for Tracking People" as part of the “Tracking People” network at Leeds University.

Invited Talk : "Beyond Text and images: Tackling loneliness with technology", at the Geriatric annual  Conference, London, June, 2018.

Invited Talk: t Oxford University, Oxford Retail Futures Conference: The changing role of place in a digital world, December 2017.

Invited Talk, Mobile Developer conference, CodeMobile Chester, March 2017.

Physical Activities for Older Adult UCL, London, 2017.

Physical Computing for Physical Activities, organized by Oxford University/UCL, 2017.

NTU Innovation Program for Small businesses, My Research, June 2017.

LATI, Welcome and Introduction to Research at the Computing Department, 2017.

BioMedEng Talk , Oxford University October 2016.

General Chair, 2015, Sensors Software Conference, Proceeding published by Springer, Coventry, UK.  Judge and mentor at many hackathons, Datathon, competitions.

Dr Kanjo was the general chair of the S-cube conference, 5th International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software, October 5–7, 2014 - Coventry, Great Britain

Dr Kanjo is a member of the following:

Sponsors and collaborators

Eiman maintains a strong link to many Academic and industrial partners.

Also, Eiman works very closely with Nottingham City Council on a variety of projects in relation to its Smart Nottingham initiative.



T Johnson, E Kanjo, K Woodward, 2021

DigitalExposome: Quantifying the Urban Environment Influence on Wellbeing based on Real-Time Multi-Sensor Fusion and Deep Belief Network

DO Anderez, E Kanjo, A Amnwar, S Johnson, D Lucy, 2021

The Rise of Technology in Crime Prevention: Opportunities, Challenges and Practitioners Perspectives

E Kanjo, K Woodward, G Harold, M McGinnity, D Brown, 2021

In the hands of users with Learning Disabilities: Co-Designing Tangible Users Interfaces for Mental Wellbeing

K Woodward, E Kanjo, 2021

Combining Deep Transfer Learning with Signal-image Encoding for Multi-Modal Mental Wellbeing Classification

Recent Published Journal Papers

Becky Inkster, et al, Eiman Kanjo, ( covid19team,

Early warning signs of a mental health tsunami: A coordinated response to gather initial data insights from multiple digital services providers

Frontiers in Digital Health, 2021.

Jawaharlal Nehru, Sushil Kumar; Omprakash Kaiwartya; Pankaj Kumar Kashyap; Eiman Kanjo; Neeraj Kumar; Houbing Song

"Quantum Learning Enabled Green Communication for Next Generation Wireless Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, doi: 10.1109/TGCN.2021.3067918, 2021.

Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, iFidgetCube: Tangible Fidgeting Interfaces (TFIs) to Monitor and Improve Mental Wellbeing, IEEE Sensors Journal, Accepted, November, 2020.

K Woodward, E Kanjo, D Brown, M McGinnity, B Inkster, D Macintyre,Athanasios Tsanas, Beyond Mobile Apps: A Survey of Technologies for Mental Well-being, IEEE Transactions of Affective Computing, August 2020. 10.1109/TAFFC.2020.3015018

Dario Ortega Anderez, Eiman Kanjo, Ganna Pogrebna, Shane Johnson, John Alan Hunt:

A COVID-19-Based Modified Epidemiological Model and Technological Approaches to Help Vulnerable Individuals Emerge from the Lockdown in the UK, Sensors Journal, September, 2020, DOI:10.3390/s20174967

Kieran Woodward,  Eiman Kanjo, David J. Brown, T. M. McGinnity:
On-Device Transfer Learning for Personalising Psychological Stress Modelling using a Convolutional Neural Network. CoRR abs/2004.01603, 2020.

Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, Andreas Oikonomou, Alan ChamberLain, LabelSens: Enabling Real-time Sensor Data Labelling at the point of Collection on Edge Computing. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal, June, 2020.

Eman Younis, Eiman Kanjo, Alan Chamberlain, “Exploring Citizen Science Self-Report Techniques for Data Collection on-the-Go “, Personal & Ubiquitous Computing Journal, 2019.

Eiman Kanjo, Jim Ang, Deep Learning Analysis of Mobile Physiological, Environmental and Location Sensor Data for Emotion Detection.  Eiman Kanjo, Jim Ang, Information Fusion (AI) Journal, online, 2019.

Benjamin Nicholls, Chee Siang Ang, Eiman Kanjo, Panote Siriaraya, Woon-Hong Yeo, Athanasios Tsanas, An EMG-based Eating Behaviour Monitoring System with Haptic Feedback to Promote Mindful Eating. CoRR abs/1907.10917 (2019).

E Pivetta, L Harkin, J Billieux, E Kanjo, DJ Kuss Journal Computers in Humen Behaviour, 70

Problematic Smartphone Use: An Empirically Validated Model

Artemis Skarlatidou, Marisa Ponti, James Sprinks, Christian Nold, Muki Haklay, Kanjo Kanjo, User experience of digital technologies in citizen science, Editorial,  Journal of science communications, 2019, Publisher:

Eiman Kanjo, Eman M.G. Younis, Nasser Sherkat
Towards unravelling the relationship between on-body, environmental and emotion data using sensor information fusion approach, Information Fusion, Volume 40, 2018, Pages 18-31, ISSN 1566-2535,

NotiMind: Utilizing Responses to Smart Phone Notifications as Affective sensors, Eiman Kanjo, Daria J. Kuss, Chee Ang, 2018,  IEEE ACCESS.

NeuroPlace: Categorizing Urban Places According to Mental States, Lulwah Al-barrak, Eiman Kanjo, Eman M.G. Younis, Plos One journal, 2017.

Problematic mobile phone use and smartphone addiction across generations: the roles of psychopathological symptoms and smartphone use. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, Kuss, D.J., Kanjo, E., Crook-Rumsey, M., Kibowski, F., Wang, G.Y. and Sumich, A., 2018, ISSN 2366-5963.

Problematic smartphone use: investigating contemporary experiences using a convergent design, Daria Kuss, D.J., HARKIN, L., KANJO, E. and BILLIEUX, J., 2018, , 15 (1), p. 142. ISSN 1661-782.

Emotions in context: examining pervasive affective sensing systems, applications, and analyses. Kanjo E and Chamberlain A, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 2015

Understanding the design of mass participatory pervasive computing systems for environmental campaigns. Chamberlain A, Paxton M, Glover K, Flintham M, Price D, Greenhalgh C, Benford S, Tolmie P, Kanjo E, Gower A et al., Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal, 2013, 1617-4917

Shopmobia: an emotion based shop rating system. Alajmi N, Kanjo E, Mawass NE and Chamberlain A, Proceeding of AFFINE 2013 - Affective Interaction in Natural Environments (AFFINE), acii2013 , Geneva, Switzerland, IEEE, September, 2013

Sense of space: mapping physiological emotion response in urban space. Alhussain L and Kanjo E, SenCity at Ubicomp, Zurich, Switzerland, ACM, September 2013

NeuroPlace: making sense of a place. Kanjo E and Albarrak L, 4th International Conference on Augmented Human in Cooperation with ACM, Stuttgart Germany, ACM, March 2013

NoiseSPY: A real-time mobile phone platform for urban noise monitoring and mapping. Kanjo E, Mobile Networks and Applications Journal, 2010, 15 (4) 562 - 574

MobSens: making smart phones smarter. Kanjo E, Landshoff P, Roberts D and Bacon J, IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2009, 8 (4) 50-57

MobGeoSens: facilitating personal MobGeoSensor data collection and visualisation using mobile phones. Kanjo E, Benford S, Woolard A, Paxton M, Woodgate D and Fraser DS, Personal ubiquitous computing Journal, 2008, 12 (8) 599 - 607

Patent- WO2006027627, Object Tracking System, Jinchang R and Tieying L, Kanjo E, Astheimer P, 2006


  1. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, Dario Ortega Anderez, Amna Anwar, Thomas, Johnson, "DigitalPPE: Low Cost Wearable that acts as a Social Distancing Reminder and Contact Tracer", COVID-19 Response, ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2020)At: Yokohama, Japan,
  2. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, DJ Brown, B Inkster, TangToys: Smart Toys that can Communicate and Improve Children's Wellbeing, ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive & Ubiquitous Computing, Mental Health technologies workshop ,2020.
  3. A Alshami, Eiman  kanjo, Characterizing the Spatial Association Between Retail Hotspots Based on Sensor Data
  5. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, D Brown, M McGinnity, "On-Device Transfer Learning for Personalising Psychological Stress Modelling Using a Convolutional Neural Network", On-device Intelligence Workshop,  MLSys , Austin, Texas.
  6. K Woodward, Eiman  Kanjo, U Mohammad, C Sas, Harnessing Digital Phenotyping to deliver real-time Interventional Bio-Feedback, International Workshop on Computing for Well-Being /at Ubicomp, 1, 2019
  7. K Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, AI-Powered Tangible Interfaces to Transform Children's Mental Well-being The 5th IEEE International Conference on Internet of People (IoP 2019).
    An EMG-based Eating Behaviour Monitoring System with Haptic Feedback to Promote Mindful Eating
  8. Kieran Woodward, E Eiman Kanjo, D Brown, Challenges of Designing and Developing Tangible Interfaces for Mental Well-Being
    , CHI workshop paper, New Directions for the IoT: Automate, Share, Build, and Care
  9. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, Things of the internet (ToI): Physicalization of notification”, UbiComp ’18 Proceedings of the 2018, ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct, Singapore, ACM (Oct-2018).
  10. Woodward. Kieran, Kanjo. Eiman “Emoecho: A tangible interface to convey and communicate emotionsUbiComp ’18 Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct, Singapore, ACM (Oct-2018).
  11. Channary Tauch, Eiman Kanjo: “The roles of Emojis in mobile phone notifications”. UbiComp Adjunct 2016: 1560-1565 (20 citations).
  12. F Guerrache, A Aldabbagh, Eiman Kanjo, "Multiple Sensor Fusion approach to Map Environmental Noise Impact on Health", ACM Ubicomp/ISWC'16 conference Adjunct, 2016.
  13. F Guerrache, E Younis, and Eiman Kanjo. 2016. Quantifying Environmental Noise impact on Heart Rate Variability. In Proceedings of the 8th EAI International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE'16), Cambridge UK.
  14. Eiman Kanjo, et. al., “Zone-Based Indoor Mobile Noise Monitoring”, the Sixth International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services Mobicase, 2015 November 6–7, 2014 Austin, Texas, United States
  15. Eiman Kanjo, Exploiting Customer Emotional Responses to rate shops and enhance customer experience, AICCSA, Doha, Qatar, 2014.
  16. AlZuhair, M., Benabid, A., Eiman Kanjo., 2014. User Involvement for the Development of Indoor. Navigation System for the Visually Impaired, iUSEr Conference, Malaysia.
  17. AlZuhair, M., Benabid, A., Eiman Kanjo, E., 2014. NFC based applications for visually impaired people -review, Multimedia and Expo Workshops (ICMEW), 2014 IEEE International Conference, pp.1,6, 14-18, July 2014, Chengdu, China.
  18. Eiman Kanjo, Dirk Trosson (Eds.): Sensor Systems and Software - 5th International ICST Conference, S-Cube 2014, Warwick, UK, Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 122, Springer 2014.
  19. Eiman Kanjo: “Mobile Sensing for Special Needs: Lessons learned “,the 5th International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software. S-CUBE 2014.
  20. Eiman Kanjo, Alan Chamberlain,” ShopMobia: Emotion based Shop Rating System”, Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, IEEE, September, 2013.
  21. Nourah, Eiman Kanjo,” Indoor Mobile Air Pollution Monitoring”, Human Interfaces for Civic and Urban Engagement , Ubicomp 2013, Zurich, Switzerland, September, 2013.
  22. Lulwah Al-barrak, Eiman Kanjo,” A Mobile Brain Sensing System for Recommending Third Places”, Human Interfaces for Civic and Urban Engagement , Ubicomp 2013, Zurich, Switzerland, September, 2013.
  23. Nour Elmawass, Eiman Kanjo, ”Supermarket stress map”, workshop at Ubicomp 2013, Zurich, Switzerland, ACM, September, 2013.
  24. Eiman Kanjo, "EnvAware: Social Network for Community Environmental Awareness", International Conference on Computer Systems and Application, AICCSA 2013: IEEE, 2013.
  25. Jo˜ao Pedro Craveiro, Fernando M. V. Ramos, and Eiman Kanjo ”Weather and mobile phone usage in Abidjan: towards early warning systems”, In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Analysis of Mobile Phone Datasets, NetMob13, MIT, Cambridge ,USA, May, 2013.
  26. Eiman Kanjo, Fernando M. V. Ramos, and Nour El-Mawass” Social, Disconnected or In between: Mobile Data reveals urban mood”, In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Analysis of Mobile Phone Datasets, NetMob13, MIT, Cambridge ,USA, May, 2013.
  27. Luluah Albarrak and Eiman Kanjo, E., and, "Categorizing outdoor places using EEG signals", 5th International BCI Meeting Fifth International BCI Meeting, Pacific Grove, California, USA, 2013.
  28. Luluah Albarrak and Eiman Kanjo, "NeuroPlace: Making sense of a place", 4th International Conference on Augmented Human in Cooperation with ACM, Stuttgart Germany, ACM, March, 2013.
  29. Eiman Kanjo, L. Albarrak, N. Alhakbani, S. Altammami, and N. Alghamdi, "I CAN Overview of Mobile Technology for Special Need", IEEE ICTHP-2013: IEEE, 2013.

See all of Eiman Kanjo's publications...

Press expertise

  • Mobile and sensing technologies
  • Data Science, AI and Data analytics
  • Technologies for mental health
  • Environmental monitoring (pollution and noise levels using miniature sensors and phone microphone)
  • Smart cities and smart places
  • Pervasive Retail technologies and customer behaviour
  • Visualisation and Mapping, Spatial Analysis
  • Tagging, near field communication, local tracking
  • Affective computing, emotion monitoring, mood mapping
  • Mobile development
  • Wearable computing
  • Brain sensing

Here are  some links to news articles: