Prof. Bob Stone, C.Psychol., FCIEHF (University of Birmingham)
Bob Stone, a Chartered Psychologist, Human Factors specialist and a 30+-year veteran of the international Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality community, is Professor of Interactive Multimedia Systems at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team. In 1993, Bob established the world’s first industrial VR team at the UK’s National Advanced Robotics Centre, following an appearance on the BBC’s 9 O’Clock News.
In May 1996, he was elected to become an Academician of the Russian International Higher Education Academy of Sciences in Moscow, and in 2000 was accredited by General Klimuk, the then Director of Russia’s Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre as responsible for “introducing VR into the cosmonaut space programme”. For many years he was the Scientific Director of a small British VR company, until, in 2003, he decided to join academia with the goal of introducing real-world lessons learned, stakeholder experiences and the importance of “impact” into VR research and teaching.
Today, Bob works closely with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and various UK hospitals, researching the use of VR for physical and mental health restoration and rehabilitation, and for the training of future Medical Emergency Response Teams. Bob’s presentation will describe the development of a unique Mixed Reality simulator for the future training of Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) personnel in military and civilian organisations and how the project has benefited from an early human-centred design approach, helping to ensure that the best of the real is blended with the best of the virtual, making the simulation-based training more believable and usable.