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.
I am interested in the supervision of any projects related to the design and evaluation of novel technologies, particularly in relation to multisensory and immersive experiences. I work with… read more
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 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.
Tess was involved in developing an Innovate UK proposal to explore 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. This project is due to commence in March 2019.
TESSA ROPER, LAURA MILLEN DUTKA, SUE COBB and HARSHADA PATEL, 2018. Collaborative virtual environment to facilitate game design evaluation with children with ASC International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.
GLYN LAWSON, TESSA ROPER, PAUL HERRIOTTS, LOUISE MALCOLM and DAVIDE SALANITRI, 2017. Perceptions of an automotive load space in a virtual environment International Journal of Vehicle Design.
I am interested in the supervision of any projects related to the design and evaluation of novel technologies, particularly in relation to multisensory and immersive experiences. I work with postgraduate students, supervising literature reviews, individual and group projects, and dissertations.
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.
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.