Thermal Imaging

Image showing researcher testing thermal imaging device

We are standing at an exciting moment when advanced thermography technology has emerged, producing a new category of thermographic systems: mobile, low-cost thermal imaging system. Despite the relatively low quality of their thermal imaging outputs, this technology could help bridge the gap between the findings from highly constrained laboratory environments and real-world applications in the wild. Indeed, its portability (e.g. small size and low computational resource requirement) allows it to not only be easily attached to mobile phones but also be integrated into our clothes and accessories. Inspired by the initial explorations in the body of earlier work of thermal imaging as a measure of physiological and affective states, we aim to explore how to bring Thermography into unconstrained, real world human computer interaction as a multimodal physiology and mental stress sensing channel.