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Eiman Kanjo

Prof. Eiman Kanjo


Computer Science


Prof. Eiman Kanjo is a Professor of Pervasive Sensing and the Head of the Smart Sensing Lab at Nottingham Trent University.

Career overview

Prof. Eiman Kanjo is a Professor of Pervasive Sensing and the head of the Smart Sensing Lab (

Eiman has been appointed as the Provost's Visiting Professor in tinyML at Imperial College London starting- October 2023.

She has recently been honoured as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Women in Engineering Society.

Prof. Kanjo is also the academic lead of the Turing University Network.

Her team, the Smart Sensing Lab, has received the 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Researcher Team Award under her leadership. With extensive experience, she has over 120 publications and she won several grants from various funders, including DCMS (5G Connected Forest, a £10m project in collaboration with Nottingham County Council and multiple industrial organizations), InnovateUK, EPSRC, DSTL, ERDF, MoD, and the Lottery Fund. Prof. Kanjo is dedicated to working closely with charities, local authorities, and industry. Eiman works closely with tinyML Foundation and currently serves  on the steering committee  for tinyML EMEA and Co-Lead TinyML UK. She is also an editor at Data Centric Engineering Journal

Eiman has joined Health Data Research UK leadership team as an Associate Director. HDRUK' mission is to improve the quality of health-related data and to drive forward new technologies to equip our frontline clinical staff to deliver excellent care.

Previously Prof. 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).

Prof. 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.

Prof. 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 Prof. Kanjo's Smart Sensing lab page for more info:

Research areas

NEW***: Our outline bid for the UKRI AI Centre for Doctoral Training in " Social Prescribing and Personalised Care" has been successful and is advancing to the full proposal stage.

At this stage, we are seeking support from a range of partners, including Industrial Partners, technology/AI solution providers, End-User organisations, Healthcare Providers, Social Prescribing and Social Care organisations, AI specialists, charities, Policy Makers, and others, to help us co-design and co-develop AI-empowered Personalised Care solutions for Social Prescribing delivery

Our team, consisting of researchers from five leading universities in the East Midlands, namely the Nottingham Trent University (CDT lead), University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, University of Leicester, University of Derby, will work with co-sponsoring problem owners to leverage our existing AI capacity and create solutions that can address national priorities and alleviate the strain on the NHS. To achieve this, we have designed a unique Venture Building training programme that will take each project from concept to MVP, which will be launched and tested through our co-sponsoring organisations.
Please send me a message or email at if interested in a partnership.

New: Our outline bid for "UKRI Artificial Intelligence AI Hubs for Real Data “Building AI Communities For Real World Knowledge Implementation In Health & Social Care” was also successful and we have been invited to apply for the full proposal. This £12m Midland hub is led by Birmingham University and includes, NTU and Warwick as key partners.


*NEW NHS trials AI tagging Tech from NTU  to improve wellbeing

Join us at TinyML EME Join us on June 26-28, 2023, #Amsterdam on


Tag In The Park Mobile Magazine Interview

App to provide an immersive and interactive experience at Rufford Abbey Country Park

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 attended 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:  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.

Prof. 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

Prof. 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.


Recent Published Journal Papers

Eiman Kanjo, Kieran Woodward, William Parker, Woodward, “Tag in the Park: Paving the way for Proximity-Based AI Pervasive Games”, IEEE Communications, March, 2023.

Thomas Johnson, Eiman Kanjo,Kieran Woodward, K. DigitalExposome: quantifying impact of urban environment on wellbeing using sensor fusion and deep learning. Comput.Urban Sci. 3, 14 (2023).

Thomas Johnson and Eiman Kanjo, "Urban Wellbeing: A Portable Sensing Approach to Unravel the Link Between Environment and Mental Wellbeing," in IEEE Sensors Letters, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1-4, March 2023, Art no. 5500704, doi: 10.1109/LSENS.2023.3243790.

Chee Siang Ang, Panote Siriaraya, Eiman Kanjo, Francesca Falzarano, Holly Prigerson, 2021, Special Issue on Advances in Human-Centred Dementia Technology, Advances in Human-Centred Dementia Technology, Editorial, 2023.

Benjamin Nicholls, Chee Siang Ang, Eiman Kanjo, Panote Siriaraya, Saber Mirzaee Bafti, Woon-Hong Yeo, Athanasios Tsanas: An EMG-based Eating Behaviour Monitoring system with haptic feedback to promote mindful eating. Comput. Biol. Medicine 149: 106068, 2022.

Eman M. G. Younis, Someya Mohsen Zaki, Eiman Kanjo, Essam H. Houssein
Evaluating Ensemble Learning Methods for Multi-Modal Emotion Recognition Using Sensor Data Fusion.
Sensors, (15): 5611, 2022

Oonagh O'Brien, Eiman Kanjo, WiFi at University: A Better Balance between Education Activity and Distraction Activity Needed, “Computing in Education”, 2022

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, Kyle Taylor, and John A. Hunt. 2022. A multi-sensor deep learning approach for complex daily living activity recognition, DigiBiom, 2022, ACM.
  2. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, Will Parker, DropAR: Enriching exergaming using collaborative Augmented Reality content, HCI International Conference, 2022.
  3. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, Will Parker, Towards the use of IoT and AI for Pervasive Exergames, IEEE GCAIOT, 2021.
  4. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, Will Parker, DropAR: Enriching exergaming using collaborative Augmented Reality content, HCI International Conference, 2022.
  5. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, David J. Brown, T. M. Mcginnity, Towards Personalised Mental Wellbeing Recognition On-Device using Transfer Learning 'in the Wild', IEEE Smart Cities Conference (ISC), 2021.
  6. Kieran Woodward, Eiman Kanjo, Will Parker, Towards the use of IoT and AI for Pervasive Exergames, IEEE GCAIOT, 2021.
  7. Eiman Kanjo, Dario Ortega Anderez, Amna Anwar, Ahmad Al Shami, James William, CrowdTracing: Overcrowding Clustering and Detection System for Social Distancing, IEEE Smart Cities Conference (ISC), 2021.
  8. Thomas Johnson, Eiman Kanjo, Sensor Fusion and the City: Visualisation and Aggregation of Environmental Wellbeing Data, IEEE Smart Cities Conference (ISC), 2021.
  9. 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,
  10. 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.
  11. A Alshami, Eiman  kanjo, Characterizing the Spatial Association Between Retail Hotspots Based on Sensor Data
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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).
  18. 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).
  19. Channary Tauch, Eiman Kanjo: “The roles of Emojis in mobile phone notifications”. UbiComp Adjunct 2016: 1560-1565 (20 citations).
  20. F Guerrache, A Aldabbagh, Eiman Kanjo, "Multiple Sensor Fusion approach to Map Environmental Noise Impact on Health", ACM Ubicomp/ISWC'16 conference Adjunct, 2016.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. Eiman Kanjo, Exploiting Customer Emotional Responses to rate shops and enhance customer experience, AICCSA, Doha, Qatar, 2014.
  24. AlZuhair, M., Benabid, A., Eiman Kanjo., 2014. User Involvement for the Development of Indoor. Navigation System for the Visually Impaired, iUSEr Conference, Malaysia.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Eiman Kanjo: “Mobile Sensing for Special Needs: Lessons learned “,the 5th International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software. S-CUBE 2014.
  28. Eiman Kanjo, Alan Chamberlain,” ShopMobia: Emotion based Shop Rating System”, Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, IEEE, September, 2013.
  29. Nourah, Eiman Kanjo,” Indoor Mobile Air Pollution Monitoring”, Human Interfaces for Civic and Urban Engagement , Ubicomp 2013, Zurich, Switzerland, September, 2013.
  30. 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.
  31. Nour Elmawass, Eiman Kanjo, ”Supermarket stress map”, workshop at Ubicomp 2013, Zurich, Switzerland, ACM, September, 2013.
  32. Eiman Kanjo, "EnvAware: Social Network for Community Environmental Awareness", International Conference on Computer Systems and Application, AICCSA 2013: IEEE, 2013.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.

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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

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