WMG Research Seminar: Tuesday 29th November 2011, 12pm
Location: IMC Auditorium
Alan Chalmers is Professor of Visualisation in the International Digital Laboratory, WMG, at the University of Warwick. He has published over 200 papers in journals and international conferences on realistic computer graphics, HDR imaging, parallel processing, multisensory perception and virtual archaeology, and successfully supervised 30 PhD students. He is Honorary President of Afrigraph and a former Vice President of ACM SIGGRAPH. In addition, he is Founder and Innovation Director of the spinout company, goHDR, which is developing software to facilitate the wide spread adoption of high dynamic range (HDR) imaging technology. His research is working towards achieving Real Virtuality: high-fidelity, multi-sensory virtual environments.
Working in an Emergency Department (ED) is a demanding occupation, requiring high levels of concentration and long working hours. Stress and burn-out are commonly reported by medical staff. Poorly designed environments can be an unnecessary burden on staff collectively adding to stress levels over time. Besides from ambient temperature and lighting, specific environmental stressors affecting hospital staff have hardly been identified. Moreover, the provision of an environment which enables staff to cognitively and emotionally recover from their demanding work is important. Our research seeks to improve staff working conditions by identifying and addressing these issues through a participatory design approach.
Sarah Payne is a Research Fellow in the Experiential Engineering group at WMG. She works on the Participation in Healthcare Environment Engineering programme, headed by Assistant Professor Rebecca Cain. As an Environmental Psychologist she is interested in people’s cognitive and emotional responses from their interaction with the environment, be that natural, urban or healthcare specific environments. The multi-sensorial experience of places, cars and urban artefacts are also considered aspects in her research
12:00 – Opening talk: Environmental stressors in an Emergency Department - Sarah Payne
12:15 – Keynote: Capturing and displaying real-world lighting
For more information, please contact K.Debattista@warwick.ac.uk