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Vision and Haptics Laboratory: People

Head of Vision and Haptics Laboratory

Associate Prof. Peter Scarfe

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Position: Associate Professor in Psychology, Head of the Vision and Haptics Laboratory.

Biography: After completing my PhD at the University of St. Andrews on the use of horizontal disparity for perception and visuo-motor control, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA), the Max Plank Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tübingen, Germany), University College London (UCL), and Cambridge University. During this time I worked on perceptual learning, vision and haptics, motion integration, and free will. In 2013 I moved to the University of Reading as a post-doc working with virtual reality, before being promoted to lecturer in August 2015, when I founded in the Vision and Haptics Lab. In August 2021 I was promoted to Associate Professor. 

Researchers  and Industry

Dr. Alastair Barrow

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Position: Industrial Collaborator and Honorary Lab Member

Biography: Ally is an Honorary Lab member and CEO of Generic Robotics. Generic Robotics provide the lab with the awesome TOIA middleware for Unreal Engine which allows world-leading high-fidelity haptic simulation within Unreal, including soft-body mechanics. Ally has been leading the integration of TOIA with the Matrix and will be collaborating closely with the labs future research. You can find Ally’s LinkedIn profile here.  

Jake Tomaszewski

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Position: Research Officer

Biography: Jake is a research officer employed on the labs RAIN Hub grant examining the perceptual optimisation of visual-haptic telepresence systems and is leading the work on transitioning the Matrix Device to Unreal Engine. Jake gained a First Class Honours in Biomedical Engineering  from the University of Reading. You can find Jake on LinkedIn here.

PhD Students

Nina Jane Patel

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Position: PhD student.

Biography: Nina's research is supported by the Wilkie Calvert Studentship in partnership with Kabuni Ventures. As the Director of Wellness, Arts & Culture for Kabuni, Nina leads the vision to create immersive content for the future. Nina is investigating the health and wellness implications of emergent technology focusing on non-gaming VR and related wearable technologies.

Anand Sivasubramaniam

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Position: PhD student.

Biography: Anand is based at the University of Reading Malaysia campus. Anand's research is focused on the multisenosry factors that affect the feeling of ownership in the rubber hand illusion. Anand is co-supervised with Rachel Pye and Andreas Kalckert at the University of Skövde.

Dan Norman

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Position: PhD student.

Biography: Dan's PhD is focused on the degien of a bi-manual visual-haptic workstation. The system uses custom built haptic robotic devices with a Oculus VR headset. This project is based in William Harwins Lab in the School of Biological Sciences.

Sarra Bouabdeli

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Position: PhD student.

Biography: Sarra's research is exploring the way in which perceptual / sensory experiance in AR / VR can be used to create common ground between agenets. For example, empathy and what it is like to be "in another persons shoes". Sarra's primary supervisor is John Preston in the Department of Philosophy.

MSc Students

Ross Harrington

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Position: MSc Student.

Biography: Ross' research is examining the relative potency of “subliminal priming” (which has been used as evidence for the absence of “free will”) and the ability to predict a persons free choice on one trail of an experiment based upon examining their previous responses (which has not been used as evidence for the absence of “free will”. The aim is to examine, if we are wanting to predict behaviour which metric should be use, and is this evidence that people do not have free will?

Alumni

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Dr. Aaran Reader

Aaran was a PhD student in the lab. His primary supervisor was Dr. Nick Holmes (University of Nottingham). Aarans work is focused on the representation of the body, kinematics and social interaction. He uses behavioural methodologies in conjunction with techniques such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Aaran is now a lecturer at the University of Stirling where he leads the Self/Other Lab.

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Carmen Tinning

Carmen's research examined the impact of altered transforms (e.g. between visual, proprioceptive and haptic workspaces) on the performance of "humans in the control loop" for remote operations. This is was part of the labs RAIN Hub grant and RACE.

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Dr. Mark Adams

Mark was a PhD student in the lab. Mark’s primary supervisor was Prof. Andrew Glennerster and co-second supervisor Prof. William Harwin. Marks PhD research focused on how sensory information from vision and touch is integrated to localise objects in the world. The research utilised immersive virtual reality and haptic robotics. Mark is now a Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology at the University of Reading.

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