PhysioZoo project


When using PhysioZoo please reference the following paper:

Joachim A. Behar, Aviv A. Rosenberg, Ido Weiser-Bitoun, Ori Shemla, Alexandra Alexandrovich, Evgene Konyukhov, Yael Yaniv. 2018. “PhysioZoo: a novel open access platform for heart rate variability analysis of mammalian electrocardiographic data.” Frontiers in Physiology 9 (2018): 1390.

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Why PhysioZoo?

  • Human and animal HRV analysis: PhysioZoo is designed for HRV analysis of multiple mammalian types including Human but not limited to it.

  • Data visualization: graphical user interface which enables HRV analysis and data visualization without writing any code.

  • Reproducibility of research: Human readable configuration files which contain all the parameters of the peak detectors, preprocessing routines and HRV measures. This file is self containing and ensure research can be reproduced using this configuration file and the original data.

  • Algorithmic toolbox: Completely scriptable for embedding into your custom processing code.

  • Open-source collaborative platform: Both the source code and documentation are not only freely available, they’re also easy to modify and update using git and GitHub.

How to contribute?

The PhysioZoo project is dynamic and so novel contributions are welcomed. You can contribute by:

  • Fork it fork the repository on the project’s main page

  • Create a pull request contribute algorithms and improvements to the PhysioZoo toolbox

  • Bugs! In case you in encounter a bug and cannot figure out the solution, please have a look at the issues page and don’t hesitate to open a new issue if you can’t find an answer.

  • Pitch in your new ideas for future releases by suggesting an enhancement.

Benefits of Contributing

Collaborative research has various benefits, here are some of those:

  • Enable other researchers to contribute, debug and build on your work
  • Advertise your research, published algorithms are linked in the documentation
  • Ensure reproducibility of your results


The following individuals have contributed to the PhysioZoo project:

  • Joachim A. Behar
  • Aviv A. Rosenberg
  • Yael Yaniv
  • Ido Weiser-Bitoun
  • Ori Shemla
  • Alexandra Alexandrovich
  • Eugene Konyukhov
  • Moran Davoodi

The databases provided with the software were described in:

Joachim A. Behar, Aviv A. Rosenberg, Ori Shemla, Kevin R. Murphy, Gideon Koren, George E. Billman, and Yael Yaniv. “A universal scaling relation for defining power spectral bands in mammalian heart rate variability analysis.” Frontiers in physiology 9 (2018).

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Released under the GNU General Public License

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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Third-party attribution

PhysioZoo makes use of the following open-source software packages:

Consult the project page of each above package for it’s respective license and copyright holder.


We kindly acknowledge the support of the Steve and Ilene Berger Portable Biomedicine Innovation Laboratory Fund.