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Ash Patel

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering

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Research Summary

I am currently working on two European funded projects: ManuVAR, which aims to use virtual and augmented reality technology to improve and support high value, high knowledge manual work; and… read more

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Current Research

I am currently working on two European funded projects: ManuVAR, which aims to use virtual and augmented reality technology to improve and support high value, high knowledge manual work; and VR-HYPERSPACE in which we are carrying out fundamental research and development leading to a paradigm shift in relation to passenger comfort in the year 2050 and beyond. The project is adopting radical approaches using virtual and mixed reality technologies to change passengers' perception of space, and more profoundly, change the very perception of oneself. I am also working on the TSB funded StressFree project, which is designing a mobile phone application for London travellers to support work and leisure journeys.

My main research interests are in user requirements generation, the usability and evaluation of new technologies, and understanding, modelling and supporting collaborative work.

Past Research

I have previously worked on a number of European projects, including VIEW of the Future, which investigated virtual environments for future workspaces; CoSpaces which aimed to develop a fundamental understanding of collaboration and design new technologies to support distributed, collaborative work in the aerospace, automotive and construction industries; Future Workspaces roadmap project; and INTUITION, a Network of Excellence focused on virtual reality and virtual environment applications for future workspaces. I have also worked on the EPSRC funded Flightdeck and Air Traffic Control Collaboration Evaluation project.

  • LAURA LEWIS, HARSHADA PATEL, MIRABELLE D'CRUZ and SUE COBB, 2017. What makes a space invader? Passenger perceptions of personal space invasion in aircraft travel Ergonomics.
  • HARSHADA PATEL and MIRABELLE D'CRUZ, 2017. Passenger-centric factors influencing the experience of aircraft comfort Transport Reviews.
  • GOLIGHTLY, D., SHARPLES, S., PATEL, H. and RATCHEV, S., 2016. Manufacturing in the Cloud: A human factors perspective International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. (In Press.)
  • LANGLEY, A., PATEL, H. and HOUGHTON, R., 2016. Fostering a Community of Practice for Industrial Processes. In: S.GROESSER, A. REYES and G.GRANHOLM, eds., Use-it-Wisely. Managing the upgrading dynamics or long-life assets: engineering and business approaches. (In Press.)
  • LEWIS, L., PATEL, H., COBB, S., D'CRUZ, M., BUES, M., STEFANI, O. and GROBLER, T., 2016. Distracting people from sources of discomfort in a simulated aircraft environment Work. (In Press.)
  • PATEL, H., COBB, S., HALLEWELL, M., D'CRUZ, M., EASTGATE, R., PICINALI, L. and TAMASCELLI, S., 2016. User involvement in design and application of virtual reality gamification to facilitate the use of hearing aids. In: Proceedings of Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG) Conference 2016.. (In Press.)
  • HOUGHTON, RJ and PATEL, H, 2015. Interface design for prognostic maintenance In: Proceedings of the 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA. (In Press.)
  • EASTGATE, R., PICINALI, L., PATEL, H. and D'CRUZ, M., 2015. 3D Games for Tuning and Learning about Hearing Aids: Hearing Journal Hearing Journal. 69(4), 30-32
  • REYES-LEUCONA, A, MOLINA-TANCO, L, GONZALEZ-TOLEDO, D, FLORES, S, FRUTOS, E, PATEL, H and HOUGHTON, RJ, 2014. Design, maintenance and refurbishment of turbines in a collaborative environment In: 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE).
  • D'CRUZ, M., PATEL, H., LEWIS, L., COBB, S., BUES, M., STEFANI, O., GROBLER, T., HELIN, K., VIITANIEMI, J., AROMAA, S., FROHLICH, B., BECK, S., KUNERT, A., KULIK, A., KARASEITANIDIS, I., PSONIS, P., FRANGAKIS, N., SLATER, M., BERGSTROM, I., KILTENI, K., KOKKINARA, E., MOHLER, B., LEYRER, M., SOYKA, F., GAIA, E., TEDONE, D., OLBERT, M. and CAPPITELLI, M., 2014. Demonstration: VR-HYPERSPACE - The innovative use of virtual reality to increase comfort by changing the perception of self and space
  • MILLEN, L., COBB, S., PATEL, H. and GLOVER, T., 2014. A collaborative virtual environment for conducting design sessions with students with autism spectrum disorder. In: Virtual Reality: People with Special Needs Nova Science Publishers, Inc.. 45-62
  • D'CRUZ, M., PATEL, H., LEWIS, L. and COBB, S., 2014. Feedback on in-flight applications of virtual reality to enhance comfort in future aircraft. In: Proceedings of EuroVR, Dec 14..
  • MILLEN, L., COBB, S.V.G., PATEL, H. and GLOVER, T., 2014. A collaborative virtual environment for conducting design sessions with students with autism spectrum disorder.. In: J. MERRICK, ed., Child Health and Human Development Yearbook 2014. Nova Science Publishers Inc..
  • PATEL, HARSHADA, PETTITT, MICHAEL and WILSON, JOHN R., 2012. Factors of collaborative working: A framework for a collaboration model: Applied Ergonomics 43(1), 1-26
  • MILLEN, L., COBB, S., PATEL, H. and GLOVER, T., 2012. A collaborative virtual environment for conducting design sessions with students with autism spectrum conditions In: International Conference Series on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies ICDVRAT 2012. 269-278
  • LISTON, PAUL M., KAY, ALISON, CROMIE, SAM, LEVA, CHIARA, D'CRUZ, MIRABELLE, PATEL, HARSHADA, LANGLEY, ALYSON, SHARPLES, SARAH and AROMAA, SUSANNA, 2012. Evaluating the iterative development of VR/AR human factors tools for manual work WORK-A JOURNAL OF PREVENTION ASSESSMENT & REHABILITATION. 41, 2208-2215
  • D'CRUZ, M., LANGLEY, A., SHARPLES, S., PATEL, H., REYES-LECUONA, A. and POYADE, M., 2012. Improving performance of complex inspection task in a real manufacturing case study using augmented feedback. In: International Conference on Manufacturing Research 2012 (ICMR), Aston, UK, September 11-13, 2012..
  • MILLEN, L., COBB, S. and PATEL, H., 2011. A method for involving children with autism in design. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '11). Ann Arbor, USA.. 185-188
  • MILLEN, L., GLOVER, T., HAWKINS, T., PATEL, H. and COBB, S., 2011. Participant representation in use of collaborative virtual environments for conversation with children on the autism spectrum. In: Joint Virtual Reality Conference 2011. Nottingham, UK..
  • MILLEN, L., COBB, S. and PATEL, H., 2011. Participatory design approach with children with autism International Journal on Disability and Human Development. 10(4), 289–294
  • MILLEN, L., COBB, S. and PATEL, H., 2010. Participatory design with children with autism: the development of collaborative virtual environments. In: Proc. 8th Intl Conf. on Disability, Virtual Reality and Assoc. Technologies. Viña del Mar/Valparaíso, Chile.. 93-102
  • GOLIGHTLY, D., D'CRUZ, M., PATEL, H., PETTITT, M., SHARPLES, S., STEDMON, A. and WILSON, JR., 2010. Novel interaction styles and complex working contexts. In: M. ALBERS and BRIAN STILL, eds., Usability of Complex Information Systems: Evaluation of User Interaction CRC Press, Taylor and Francis. 281-303
  • PATEL, H., PETTITT, M., HANSEN, S. and WILSON, J., 2010. A descriptive model of collaboration to underpin a collaboration profiling methodology. In: International Reports on Socio-Informatics. 7. 15-23.
  • PETTITT, M., PATEL, H. and WILSON, J.R., 2009. Design guidance for collaborative working environments. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. 3(3), 117-132
  • PETTITT, M., PATEL, H. and WILSON, J., 2009. Design guidance for collaborative working environments. In: In Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Berlin, 15-17th February, 2009..
  • SAIKAYASIT, R., SCHNÄDELBACH, H., PETTITT, M. and PATEL, H., 2008. Mixed Reality Architecture: Introducing Collaborative VR Tools into Commercial Organisations. In: Proceedings of INTUITION International Conference, 6-8th October, Turin, Italy..
  • WILSON, J., PATEL, H., PETTITT, M. and SAIKAYASIT, R., 2008. ADDS: Living labs for collaborative engineering.. In: J. SCHUMACHER and V-P. NIITAMO, eds., European Living Labs: A new approach for human centric regional innovation. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin.
  • STEDMON, A.W., SHARPLES, S., LITTLEWOOD, R., COX, G., PATEL, H. and WILSON, J.R., 2007. Datalink in air traffic management: human factors issues in communications Applied Ergonomics. 38(4), 473-480
  • HELIN, K., EVILÄ, T., VIITANIEMI, J., AROMAA, S., KUJALA, T., PATEL, H., PAKKANEN, T., RAISAMO, R., SALMENPERÄ, P., MIETTINEN, J., KILPELÄINEN, P., RANNANJÄRVI, L. and VÄHÄ, P., 2007. Human ICT: New human-centred design method and virtual environments in the design of vehicular working machine interfaces. VTT Working Paper, 73. ISBN: 978-951-38-66.
  • SHARPLES, S., STEDMON, A.W., D'CRUZ, M., PATEL, H., COBB, S., YATES, T., SAIKAYASIT, R. and WILSON, J.R., 2007. Human Factors of Virtual Reality – Where are we now? In: In R. Pikaar, E. Koningsveld, and P. Settels (Eds.): Meeting Diversity in Ergonomics. Elsevier Science..
  • PATEL, H., SHARPLES, S., LETOURNEUR, S., JOHANSSON, E., HOFFMANN, H., LORISSON, J., SALUÄÄR, D. and STEFANI, O., 2006. Practical evaluations of real user company needs for visualization technologies International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 64(3), 267-279
  • KARASEITANIDIS, I., AMDITIS, A., PATEL, H., SHARPLES, S., BEKIARIS, E., BULLINGER, A. and TROMP, J., 2006. Evaluation of virtual reality products and applications from individual, organizational and societal perspectives-The "VIEW" case study International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. VOL 64(NUMBER 3), 251-266
  • PATEL, H., STEFANI, O., SHARPLES, S., HOFFMANN, H., KARASEITANIDIS, I. and AMDITIS, A., 2006. Human centred design of 3-D interaction devices to control virtual environments International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. VOL 64(NUMBER 3), 207-220
  • RONKKO, J, MARKKANEN, J, LAUNONEN, R, FERRINO, M, GAIA, E, BASSO, V, PATEL, H, D'CRUZ, M and LAUKKANEN, S, 2006. Multimodal Astronaut Virtual Training Prototype International Journal Of Human-Computer Studies. 64(3), 182-191
  • SHARPLES, S.C., D'CRUZ, M., PATEL, H., COBB, S. and WILSON, J., 2006. Human factors of virtual reality: where are we now? In: In Proceedings of IEA, 10-14 July 2006, Maastricht, The Netherlands..
  • EVILÄ, T., HELIN, K., KUJALA, T., AROMAA, S., VIITANIEMI, J., PATEL, H. and RAISAMO, R., 2006. Use of a human centred approach and virtual environments in mobile working machine design In: Proceedings of Virtual Concept 2006, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, 26th November – 1st December, 2006..
  • HOFFMANN, H., STEFANI, O. and PATEL, H., 2006. Extending the desktop workplace by a portable virtual reality system. International Journal of Human Computer Studies. 64(3), 170-181.
  • COX, G., SHARPLES, S. C., PATEL, H. and STEDMON, A. W., 2005. Human factors issues in ATC: The "Use" of an Eye Tracking Methodology CONTEMPORARY ERGONOMICS. 2005, 89-96
  • D'CRUZ, M., COBB, S., EASTGATE, R., KERR, S. and PATEL, H., 2005. Case studies in the application of virtual environments for education and training. In: Proceedings of the First International VR-Learning Seminar, the 7th International Conference on Virtual Reality, VRIC - Laval Virtual 2005, Laval, France, 20 – 24 April.. 85-94.
  • PATEL, H., COBB, S. and WILSON, J.R., 2005. Methods for evaluating virtual environments: practical guidance. In: Proceedings of 2nd INTUITION International Workshop, VR/VE & Industry: Challenges and Opportunities, 24-25 November, 2005, Senlis, France..
  • STEFANI, O., HASELBERGER, F, PATEL, H., WIEDERHOLD, B., KARASEITANIDIS, I. and BULLINGER, A., 2005. Developing interaction devices with 6 DOF for virtual environments. In: Proceedings of HCI 2005, 22-27 July, Las Vegas, USA..
  • STEFANI, O., MAGER, R., MUELLER-SPAHN, F., SULZENBACHER, H., BEKIARIS, E., WIEDERHOLD, B., PATEL, H. and BULLINGER, A., 2005. Cognitive ergonomics in virtual environments: Development of an intuitive and appropriate input device for navigating in a virtual maze. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 30(3), 259-269.
  • STEDMON, A, NICHOLS, S and PATEL, H. & WILSON, J.R., 2004. Free-speech in a Virtual World: A user centred approach for developing speech commands.. In: PAUL T. MCCABE, ed., Contemporary Ergonomics 2004.: Proceedings from the Ergonomics Society Conference. Swansea London & New York: Taylor & Francis. 167-171
  • SHARPLES, S.C, STEDMON, A.W, COX, G, PATEL, H, SHUTTLEWORTH, T.J, NICHOLLS, A. P, BENFORD, S and & WILSON, J.R., 2004. Flightdeck and air traffic control collaboration (FACE): human factors issues in freeflight and datalink. In: Proceedings of Flightdeck of the Future: Human Factors in Datalink and Freeflight Conference. University of Nottingham, UK.
  • STEDMON, A.W, LITTLEWOOD, R, SHARPLES, S.C, COX, G, WILSON, J.R and & PATEL, H., 2004. Datalink in air traffic management: investigating human factors issues in text and speech communications. In: Proceedings of Flightdeck of the Future: Human Factors in Datalink and Freeflight Conference. University of Nottingham, UK.
  • COX, G, SHARPLES, S.C, PATEL, H and COLE, STEDMON, A.W. & WILSON, J.R., 2004. Methods for examining human factors issues of complex collaborative systems. In: Proceedings of Flightdeck of the Future: Human Factors in Datalink and Freeflight Conference. University of Nottingham, UK.
  • KARASEITANIDIS, I., AMDITIS, A., PATEL, H., STEFANI, O., BEKIARIS, E. and TZOUMPAS, A., 2004. User-centred usability evaluation of VR input devices. In: Proceedings of the Virtual Reality Design and Evaluation Workshop, 22-23 January 2004, Nottingham..
  • PATEL, H. and NICHOLS, S., 2004. VIEW of the Future: Overview of the experimental programme via quantitative meta-analysis. In: Proceedings of the Virtual Reality Design and Evaluation Workshop, 22-23 January 2004, Nottingham..
  • STEDMON, A., NICHOLS, S., PATEL, H. and WILSON, J.R., 2004. Profiling usability: a visualisation tool for the description and development of virtual environments. In: In P. McCabe (ed.), Contemporary Ergonomics 2004: Proceedings of the Ergonomics Society Conference, Swansea. Taylor & Francis Ltd..
  • STEFANI, O., PATEL, H. and HASELBERGER, F., 2004. PI-CASSO: mobile virtual reality at office workplaces. In: In M.H. Harnaza (ed.): Proceedings of the 7th IASTED International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging, 2004, Kauai, USA. ACTA Press..
  • STEFANI, O., PATEL, H. and HOFFMANN, H., 2004. Designing 3D input devices for immersive environments. In: In proceedings of the 8th World Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 2004..
  • STEDMON, A.W, NICHOLS, S.C, PATEL, H and & WILSON, J.R., 2003. Free speech in a virtual world: speech recognition as a novel interaction device for virtual reality applications.. In: P. MCCABE, ed., Contemporary Ergonomics 2003: Proceedings from the Ergonomics Society Conference, Edinburgh. Taylor & Francis Ltd. London. 296-301
  • STEDMON, A.W, PATEL, H and NICHOLS, S.C. AND WILSON, J.R., 2003. A View of the Future? The potential use of speech recognition for virtual reality applications.. In: PAUL T. MCCABE, ed., Contemporary Ergonomics 2003: Proceedings from the Ergonomics Society Conference. London: Taylor & Francis. 289-295
  • NICHOLS, S and PATEL, H, 2002. Health and safety implication of virtual reality: A review of empirical evidence Applied Ergonomics. 33, 251-271
  • PATEL, H, BLADES, M and ANDRADE, J, 2002. Children's incidental learning of the colors of objects and clothing Cognitive Development. 16, 965-985
  • STEDMON, A.W., PATEL, H, NICHOLS, S, BARONE, A and WILSON, J.R., 2002. A VIEW of the future? A descriptive taxonomy of VEs. In: Contemporary Ergonomics: Proceedings of the Ergonomics Society Conference..
  • PATEL, H., BLADES, M. and ANDRADE, J., 2000. Incidental learning of object colours but not of background colours. In: Proceedings of the XXVII International Congress of Psychology..
  • PATEL, H., BLADES, M. and ANDRADE, J., 1999. Children's incidental recall of colour information. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 17, 537-549
  • BLADES, M., SPENCER, C., PATEL, H. and MANNION, A., 1999. Young children's identification of landmarks on aerial photographs. In: Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1999..
  • PATEL, H., BLADES, M. and ANDRADE, J., 1999. Children's incidental recall of colour information. In: Proceedings of the VI European Congress of Psychology, Rome, Italy, 1999..
  • PATEL, H., BLADES, M. and ANDRADE, J., 1998. Children and adults' incidental recall of colour information. In: Proceedings of The British Psychological Society - Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Lancaster, 1998..
  • WILSON, J.R., PATEL, H. and PETTITT, M., Human factors and development of next generation collaborative engineering. In: Proceedings of the Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, London, 22-23 April 2009, London: Taylor and Francis..

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