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The heat is on: exploring user behaviour in a multisensory virtual environment for fire evacuation (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Shaw, E., Nilsson, T., Roper, T., Lawson, G., Cobb, S., & Miller, D. (in press). The heat is on: exploring user behaviour in a multisensory virtual environment for fire evacuation

Understanding validity of user behaviour in Virtual Environments (VEs) is critical as they are increasingly being used for serious Health and Safety applications such as predicting human behaviour and training in hazardous situations. This paper pres... Read More

Appropriate control methods for mobile virtual exhibitions (2018)
Book Chapter
Li, Y., Tennent, P., & Cobb, S. (2018). Appropriate control methods for mobile virtual exhibitions. In VR Technologies in Cultural Heritage, 165-183. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-05819-7_13

It is becoming popular to render art exhibitions in Virtual Reality (VR). Many of these are used to deliver at-home experiences on peoples’ own mobile devices, however, control options on mobile VR systems are necessarily less flexible than those of... Read More

Collaborative virtual environment to facilitate game design evaluation with children with ASC (2018)
Journal Article
Roper, T., Dutka, L. M., Cobb, S., & Patel, H. (2018). Collaborative virtual environment to facilitate game design evaluation with children with ASC. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, doi:10.1080/10447318.2018.1550179

Involvement of children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) in the design of new educational technology is becoming more prevalent. Despite potential barriers due to communication and ideation difficulties for children with ASC, adapted participato... Read More

Getting the Right Culture to Make Safety Systems Work in a Complex Rail Industry (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Nolan-McSweeney, M., Ryan, B., & Cobb, S. (2018). Getting the Right Culture to Make Safety Systems Work in a Complex Rail Industry. In IEA 2018: Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018)doi:10.1007/978-3-319-96074-6_52

Network Rail is a large rail engineering company sitting within a complex industrial landscape. That said, Britain’s railways are the safest they have ever been. However, it is acknowledged that there is still room for improvement in safety and oper... Read More

Variability of human behaviour in outdoor public spaces, associated with the thermal environment (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Waldron, J. A., Lawson, G., Robinson, D., & Cobb, S. (2017). Variability of human behaviour in outdoor public spaces, associated with the thermal environment

This paper presents part of the outcomes of a programme of research into the influence of the thermal environment on human behaviour in an outdoor public seating area. The research was conducted during one month in summer, autumn and winter of 2015 a... Read More

Human factors considerations in designing for infection prevention and control in neonatal care – findings from a pre-design inquiry (2017)
Journal Article
Trudel, C., Cobb, S., Momtahan, K., Brintnell, J., & Mitchell, A. (in press). Human factors considerations in designing for infection prevention and control in neonatal care – findings from a pre-design inquiry. Ergonomics, doi:10.1080/00140139.2017.1330967. ISSN 0014-0139

Qualitative data collection methods drawn from the early stages of human-centred design frameworks combined with thematic analysis were used to develop an understanding of infection prevention practice within an existing neonatal intensive care unit.... Read More

What makes a space invader?: passenger perceptions of personal space invasion in aircraft travel (2017)
Journal Article
Lewis, L., Patel, H., D’Cruz, M., & Cobb, S. (in press). What makes a space invader?: passenger perceptions of personal space invasion in aircraft travel. Ergonomics, 60(11), doi:10.1080/00140139.2017.1313456. ISSN 0014-0139

The invasion of personal space is often a contributory factor to the experience of discomfort in aircraft passengers. This paper presents a questionnaire study which investigated how air travellers are affected by invasions of personal space and how... Read More

Distracting people from sources of discomfort in a simulated aircraft environment (2016)
Journal Article
Lewis, L., Harshada, P., Cobb, S., D'Cruz, M., Bues, M., Stefani, O., & Tredeaux, G. (in press). Distracting people from sources of discomfort in a simulated aircraft environment. WORK, 54(4), doi:10.3233/WOR-162356. ISSN 1051-9815

BACKGROUND: Comfort is an important factor in the acceptance of transport systems. In 2010 and 2011, the European Commission (EC) put forward its vision for air travel in the year 2050 which envisaged the use of in-flight virtual reality. This paper... Read More

PEGASO project : teenage perspectives of an integrated technology platform for health promotion (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Lang, A., Condon, L., Coulson, N., Cobb, S., & Atkinson, S. (2016). PEGASO project : teenage perspectives of an integrated technology platform for health promotion

This paper presents the findings from a participatory workshop with teenagers. Sixteen teenagers were recruited for the first phase evaluation and development of the PEGASO multi-technology system. This system is being developed to promote awareness... Read More

Evaluation and development of a novel binocular treatment (I-BiT™) system using video clips and interactive games to improve vision in children with amblyopia (‘lazy eye’): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (2013)
Journal Article
study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 14(145), doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-145. ISSN 1745-6215

Background: Amblyopia (lazy eye) affects the vision of approximately 2% of all children. Traditional treatment consists of wearing a patch over their ‘good’ eye for a number of hours daily, over several months. This treatment is unpopular and compl... Read More

Development of a technique for predicting the human response to an emergency situation (2009)
Conference Proceeding
Lawson, G., Sharples, S., Clarke, D., & Cobb, S. (2009). Development of a technique for predicting the human response to an emergency situation

This paper presents development work on a new approach for predicting the human response to an emergency situation. The study builds upon an initial investigation in which 20 participants were asked to predict what actions they would take in the eve... Read More