Leeds Beckett has just confirmed it has selected Andrew’s project, ‘Using Virtual Reality to Study Human Behaviour’ as one of several new Research Cluster awards. These Clusters fund a year of activity designed to create new interdisciplinary research activity in the University.
Andrew’s proposal connects our lab with Dr Bal Singh and Dr Patrick Ingham in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering as well as the Pain Lab run by Professor Mark Johnson. The award will fund equipment (2 new motion tracking cameras, Oculus Rift headsets, powerful laptops for handling the VR environments and all the necessary software) and an RA to develop a proof-of-concept virtual environment to investigate pain perception.
The Cluster will also host a networking event in the summer of 2016, where we will showcase what we can do with the technology to all interested parties. If you are a behavioural sciences researcher who would like to use VR to further your work but don’t have access to the necessary expertise, we would like to work with you to develop a collaboration and funding applications to support that work. Please contact Andrew if you are interested and stay tuned to this blog and our Twitter feeds for more information.