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Eiman Kanjo

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Computing and Technology


Dr Kanjo is currently an Associate Professor at the Computing and Technology Department. She conducts research in Mobile Sensing, Pervasive 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.

Full Bio along with details of current research projects can be found below.

“Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above in collaboration with many academic and industrial partners, get in touch for further details also, further information can be found on the research and publications tabs.  Deadline is on 5th of February 2019 at 5 pm.

Information can be found at: Candidates who are interested to work in any of the following areas are invited to get in touch on to discuss the application process further.

Mobile sensing
Data Science / artificial intelligence
Affective Computing
Smart Spaces
Digital Phenotyping
Multimodel Sensor information Fusion
Spatial Analysis and mapping
Proximity detection and Mapping

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
  • Alanoud AlharbiProject title: User Behaviour Analysis and Modelling from Unstructured Temporal Smartphone Data
  • Faiza GuerracheProject title: Spatial and Temporal Environment Impact Analysis on Wellbeing
Second Supervisor
  • Oonagh O'brienProject 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): DTA3 PhD studentship

Dr Kanjo has Module Leader responsibility for the following modules:

  • Mobile Interactive Systems (Postgraduate Level)
  • Mobile Platform Development (Undergraduate Level)
  • System Programming (Undergraduate Level)

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

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

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 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 such as: MQ mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, The British Geriatric Society (with focus on Loneliness).

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

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

Recent Talks & Activities

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 Smart Nottingham initiative.


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

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

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:

Towards unravelling the relationship between on-body, environmental and emotion data using sensor information fusion approach, Eiman Kanjo, Eman M.G. Younis, Nasser Sherkat, 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. W. Kieran, K. Eiman, “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).
  2. W. Kieran, K. Eiman “Emoecho: A tangible interface to convey and communicate emotions”UbiComp ’18 Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct, Singapore, ACM (Oct-2018).
  1. Channary Tauch, Eiman Kanjo: “The roles of Emojis in mobile phone notifications”. UbiComp Adjunct 2016: 1560-1565 (20 citations).
  2. Faiza Guerrache, Ahmed Aldabbagh, Eiman Kanjo, "Multiple Sensor Fusion approach to Map Environmental Noise Impact on Health", ACM Ubicomp/ISWC'16 conference Adjunct, 2016.
  3. Faiza Guerrache, Eman M.G.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.
  4. 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
  5. Eiman Kanjo, Exploiting Customer Emotional Responses to rate shops and enhance customer experience, AICCSA, Doha, Qatar, 2014.
  6. AlZuhair, M., Benabid, A., Eiman Kanjo., 2014. User Involvement for the Development of Indoor. Navigation System for the Visually Impaired, iUSEr Conference, Malaysia.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Eiman Kanjo: “Mobile Sensing for Special Needs: Lessons learned “,the 5th International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software. S-CUBE 2014.
  10. Eiman Kanjo, Alan Chamberlain,” ShopMobia: Emotion based Shop Rating System”, Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, IEEE, September, 2013.
  11. Nourah, Eiman Kanjo,” Indoor Mobile Air Pollution Monitoring”, Human Interfaces for Civic and Urban Engagement , Ubicomp 2013, Zurich, Switzerland, September, 2013.
  12. 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.
  13. Nour Elmawass, Eiman Kanjo, ”Supermarket stress map”, workshop at Ubicomp 2013, Zurich, Switzerland, ACM, September, 2013.
  14. Eiman Kanjo, "EnvAware: Social Network for Community Environmental Awareness", International Conference on Computer Systems and Application, AICCSA 2013: IEEE, 2013.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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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