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Tess Roper

Research Excellence Manager, School of Medicine; Research Fellow in Human Factors, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr Tess Roper is the Research Excellence Manager for the School of Medicine, supporting the full breadth of research carried out across the School. Tess continues to be research-active in collaboration with the Human Factors Research Group, Faculty of Engineering.

Tess completed a degree in Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2005. She 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.

Teaching Summary

Supervision of projects (primarily postgraduate) related to the design and evaluation of novel technologies, particularly in relation to multisensory and immersive experiences.

Research Summary

Tess has worked on Human Factors and HCI in a variety of research projects, particularly involving immersive technology. Her most recent research involves applied 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 has recently completed work on an EPSRC-funded project researching multimodal "sensory illusions" in Virtual Reality, looking at whether haptic feedback can improve distance perception in virtual spaces.

Tess is also providing Human Factors expertise to a research project exploring the use of virtual environments incorporating biometrically-accurate scanned 3D body models in the treatment of weight and body image disorders, in collaboration with local SME Body Aspect.

Selected Publications

Past Research

At the University of Nottingham, Tess previously 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.

Tess also provided usability analysis, experiment development support and use case evaluations on the highly successful EU CloudFlow project, and has collaborated on a number of other externally- and internally-funded projects including in the automotive, educational and health sectors.

Faculty of Engineering

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