Past event

School of Psychology and Neuroscience Seminar: Dr Peter Scarfe (University of Reading) Applied applications of virtual reality and perceptual psychophysics

Health guidelines for this event

  • Face masks required

This is our first in-person seminar of the semester, with Dr Peter Scarfe, Associate Professor at the University of Reading. Hollie Carter (Harris and Ales labs) kindly agreed to hosting a post-seminar discussion along the lines of the ‘Growing up in Science' discussions we started last year. Peter offered to discuss issues of mental health of researchers, LGBTQ+ issues, and how these affect an academic career.

For those who can't make it in person, this talk will be delivered through Teams, as well. See you there, in person or virtually!

Peter Scarfe, Vision and Haptics Laboratory, University of Reading

Sensory perception is typically seen as an academic discipline, that is niche and devoid of any real-world applications. In this talk I will try and convince you otherwise. I will present some recent work from my lab utilising virtual reality and haptic robotics that addresses (1) the sensory information we use to judge that the world around us is stable and how this knowledge is useful for designing augmented reality experiences, and (2) how understanding the way in which information is combined from vision and touch can lead to improvements in the delineation of tumours in medical imaging data. I will place this discussion in the wider context of the mutual relationship between understanding sensory perception and designing good virtual/augmented reality hardware and experiences.

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