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Doctor Jenny Tillotson FRSA

Doctor Jenny Tillotson, FRSA

Visiting Scholar - Sensor-Induced Scent Release / hybrid skin sensors


Wearable Scent Technologies

Contextual Technology

Data-Driven Scent Solutions

Design Research

Stress & Sleep Disorders

Biometric Sensing

Hybrid skin sensors

Office Phone: 01223 334169


BA in Fashion Communication, Central Saint Martins, 1989 - 1991 ( )

PhD in Printed Textiles, Royal College of Art, 1994 - 1997 ( )

Senior Research Fellow, Central Saint Martins, 2001 - 2013  ( )

Reader in Sensory Fashion, Central Saint Martins, 2013 - 2015  ( )



DesignAge Competition Prize (former Helen Hamlyn Research Centre), Royal College of Art, 1997

Arts & Humanities Research Board (AHRB), Small Award in the Creative and Performing Arts, 2001

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Innovation Award, 2004

Materials Knowledge Transfer Network SMART.mat ‘Smart ideas’ Award, 2006

Research Councils UK (RCUK), Business Plan Competition Prize, 2008

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Biotechnology, Dept Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, 2009

University of the Arts London (UAL) Enterprise Investment Award, 2009

Innovation Award, East of England Development Agency (EEDA), 2010

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Knowledge Transfer Fellowship, 2010

Gatsby Foundation Award, St Johns Innovation Centre Cambridge, 2010

VF Corporation Award (The North Face), USA, 2012

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Travel Fellowship, 2013

London Creative and Digital Fusion Collaborative Award, 2013

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Impact & Engagement Award, 2014

InnovateUk Innovation Voucher, 2014

Finalist, INMAR Digital Health Challenge 2015, USA, 2015

The Tech Expo, London 'Most Innovative Contextual Technology' Award, 2015

The Tech Expo, London Highly Commended 'Rising Tech Star', 2015

Research Interests

Jenny graduated from Central Saints Martins with a degree in Fashion Communication, and went on to research Interactive Olfactory Surfaces for a DPhil at the Royal College of Art (part sponsored by IFF).  Her research on eScent® sensor-induced scent at the Institute of Biotechnology releases fragrances at the right time, in the right place, depending on context. The research unites a range of interdisciplinary technologies and disciplines including wearable technology, biosensors, aromachology, psychophysiology of smell, neuroscience, chemistry and design thinking. Building on design research from Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London, 2001-2015) through the controllable release of scent on demand, she is developing prototypes that provide the localised release of scents in response to user driven needs. Inspired by nature and the defence mechanism in bombardier beetles, the aim of the research is to integrate novel scent producing technologies with real time data from biosensors, or other sound analysis or sensor based trigger that is relevant to the situation, health condition or location, augmenting how we as humans interact with the physical world around us. This could be the release of counteractive wellbeing scents when stress levels are detected (via stress-related body odour, sweat, skin response, etc) or the sleep/wake cycle is disturbed or perfumes pre-programmed to enhance mood, recall autobiographical memories, complement fashion, lifestyle, an experience, occasion, sport, yoga, music, or insect repellent released in response to the sound frequency of a mosquito, or decongestants in response to a cough or a sneeze - or simply to alert the user to changes in their condition with pleasant aromas in response to other stimuli.  Such technologies can be embedded into wearable technology to create a personalised ‘scent bubble’ around the face; an area of constant, detectable scent for the user for improved wellness and digital preventative healthcare solutions.

Other Professional Activities

Fellow Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 2013

Fellow Royal Society of Arts 2009

STEM Ambassador, 2009

Associate of the British Society of Perfumers, 2006 

Fellow Institute of Nanotechnology 2003 - 2008



  A System And Method For Dispensing Fluid In Response To A Sensed Property, G.Jenkins, J.Tillotson, (2006), 0426382.8


  • Multi-sensory
  • ageing
  • Wellbeing
  • Scent delivery
  • sustainability
  • biosensors
  • Aromachology
  • Smell
  • Wearable technology

Key Publications


J.Tillotson, M.Rolland,  K.Lahiri, (2013), The Oneiric Dimension of Electronic Scents, FutureScan2: Collective Voices 2, pub Association of Degree Courses in Fashion & Textiles, ISBN 978 1 907382 64 2

J.Tillotson (2012), The Future of Fragrance,   50th Anniversary of the British Society of Perfumers, British Perfumery - A Fragrant History", eds.  J.Bailey, London  

J.Tillotson (2012), Live Scent: Evil Stench, This Pervasive Day: The Potential & Perils of Pervasive Computing, ed. Jeremy Pitt, pub Imperial College London, Press as part of the European Co-ordination Action Panorama, p 53-68,   ISBN 10–1848167482

R.Oliver, J.Tillotson, A.Toomey (2010) Bioengineered Textiles and Non Woven’s – The Convergence of Bio-miniaturization and Electro-active Conductive Polymers for Assisted healthcare, Portable Power and Design-Led Wearable Technology’, Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics, JFBI Vol 2, no 1, June 2009,  ISSN 19423438

J.Tillotson (2009), Scentsory Design: A “Holistic” Approach to Fashion as a Vehicle to Deliver Emotional Well-being,  Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry, BERG, p 33-61, ISBN 978 184788 445 9

J.Tillotson (2008), Fashion Fluidics,  CICS (Communication in Computer and Communication Science) “Transdisciplinary Digital Art: Sound, Vision & The New Screen. Digital Art Weeks Interactive Futures 2006/2007, Switzerland, Victoria, Canada, Selected Papers,  p 403-417, eds. Adam, R., Gibson, S., Müller Arisona, S., Vol.7, 2008, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-540-79485-1

B.Hughes  J.Tillotson, (2008), Design & Scent, Design & Emotion Moves pub by Cambridge Scholars Publishing’ eds. P.Desmet, M.Karlsson, J. van Erp, Design & Emotion Conference, Hong Kong Poly University, p 204-220, ISBN 13: 978-1-4438-0016-7

J.Tillotson A.Manz, G.Jenkins (2006),  Scent Whisper, The Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) MEMS Sensors & Actuators  seminar, p 97- 104,  ISBN: 0-86341-627-6 

J.Tillotson (2006), The Living Tissue,  The Future of the 20th Century:  Collecting, Interpreting & Conserving Modern Materials’, Ed. C. Rogerson, P. Garside, pub Archetypal, p 3-10, ISBN: 1904982174

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