Biosensors, Cognition And Affect In Human-Computer Interaction. Our research is exploring the latest in biosensors—devices that detect human vital signs, such as heart rate and skin conductance.

It is investigating how user interfaces can be purposefully designed to enhance human information processing and facilitate positive user experiences. A particular focus is on the interplay between cognition and affect, and biosensor-enabled real-time system adaptations.

Competitive advantage

  • Biosensor-enabled system adaptations for decision support
  • Design systems for optimal user experience using a human-centred paradigm
  • Enhance human emotion regulation capabilities using mobile biosensors
  • Technology-enabled behaviour change interventions for enhanced human performance

Successful applications of research

  • Co-designed mobile health system for dietary assessment in low-income countries
  • Emotion regulation training for financial traders using mobile biosensors
  • Live biofeedback for stress management and emotion regulation training


  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


  • Co-design for optimal user experience
  • Effective behaviour change
  • Improved human performance

Capabilities and facilities

  • Assessment of the interplay between cognitive, affective and behavioural user states using biosensors
  • Lab facilities for biosensor measurements (e.g. eye tracking, heart rate, skin conductance)
  • Emotion regulation training based on real-time system adaptation using heart rate sensors
  • Human-centred system design with participatory co-design methods

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