Dr Tess Roper is a Research Fellow in the Human Factors Research Group. She completed a degree in Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2005. Tess worked in usability consultancy before returning to the University of Nottingham to complete an MSc in Interactive Systems Design and subsequently a PhD in Human Factors. Her doctoral thesis explored the use of 3D Virtual Environments in Education, and presented a framework for participatory requirements specification to support and promote the inclusion of educators in the design process.
Tess was recently Programme Co-Chair for the European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE 2016), held at the University of Nottingham in September 2016.
Current research involves multimodal Virtual Reality.
Tess is currently working on a project funded by IOSH, investigating the use of multimodal virtual environments in health and safety training. Virtual reality is a potentially useful tool for experiential learning in dangerous situations, where training in the real world is not possible. We're interested in exploring whether a combination of multisensory information (vision and sound combined with heat and smell) affects the effectiveness and validity of training, such as fire safety and evacuation in workplaces, or identification of hazardous chemicals in industrial sites.
Tess is also completing work on an EPSRC-funded project exploring multimodal "sensory illusions" in Virtual Reality, where we look at whether haptic feedback can improve distance perception in virtual spaces.
At the University of Nottingham, Tess has worked on a number of European projects involving the development of Educational Virtual Environments, including:
- COSPATIAL - investigating the use of collaborative technologies (including Collaborative Virtual Environments) to support the learning of social competence skills for children with autism;
- TEMPUS eLab - creating an online virtual laboratory to support the delivery of Engineering education in Egyptian universities;
- VirCult - using the latest laser scanning techniques to create accurate and realistic models of key Egyptian cultural heritage sites, providing virtual access to students and the general public.