Interacting with human physiology

I. Pavlidis, J. Dowdall, N. Sun, C. Puri, J. Fei, M. Garbey

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We propose a novel system that incorporates physiological monitoring as part of the human-computer interface. The sensing element is a thermal camera that is employed as a computer peripheral. Through bioheat modeling of facial imagery almost the full range of vital signs can be extracted, including localize blood flow, cardiac pulse, and breath rate. This physiological information can then be used to draw inferences about a variety of health symptoms and psychological states. Our research aims to realize the notion of desktop health monitoring and create truly collaborative interactions in which humans and machines are both observing and responding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-170
Number of pages21
JournalComputer Vision and Image Understanding
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Blood flow
  • Breath rate
  • Cardiac pulse
  • Facial tracking
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress
  • Thermal imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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