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CPL's New Paper in IEEE VIS 2014

This paper introduces a set of design principles for visualizing results of affective studies.


CPL’s New Paper in Wireless Health 2014

This paper puts forward a design philosophy for pollution apps, and analyzes the typical user's portrait and interaction patterns in a case study.


CPL’s New Paper in ACM UbiComp 2014

This paper presents User Portrait - an abstraction and visualization method that condenses the essence of a study’s data in a single figure.


CPL REU Students Win the Poster Competition 

The 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is over, and the CPL interns, Alice Turchaninova  and Kylan Race, tied for first place in the poster competition.

Featured Items


Scientific Reports Article

March 15, 2012

Our research is featured on Science 360


March 6, 2012

We have discovered a  fundamental  and well-hidden human behavior. Dexterity sets humans  apart from all other animals and is directly linked to the development of civilization. In this sense, dexterity has been closely connected to higher  order cognitive functions rather than raw sympathetic responses. Contrary to this common belief, our research suggests that in dexterous challenges the sympathetic system appears to dominate behavior, producing 'fight or flight' responses that translate to fast (and counter-productive) pace of attempt. Read more ...

Please read the article online.

Press Release



The Computational Physiology Lab (CPL) was founded in 2002 by Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis and since then gained worldwide recognition. At this moment the lab has three research lines and an educational research effort on science ethics. Our focus is on unobtrusive and sustained monitoring of physiological variables. This is embedded imaginatively in psycho-physiological, biomedical, and behavioral paradigms. Sensing is effected either through thermal imaging or wearable transducers. This novel methodological work has spurred psychological and medical discoveries and formed the basis for new applications. Substantial technical sophistication is involved in performing physiological measurements of this kind. Elements from mathematics, computing, statistics, medicine, and physiology need to come together. CPL is an interdisciplinary lab and draws additional expertise from partner labs in The Mayo Clinic, The University of Texas Medical School, and The Methodist Hospital. CPL is famous for its work in stress quantification, lie detection, sleep studies, and behavioral gaming. All of them found civilian or military applications. The research of our members has been published in some of the most prestigious science journals and venues, including Nature, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, and CHI. We are dedicated to both scientific and engineering excellence and a genuine desire to produce tangible social good.