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Digital Horizon Workshop – Virtual Reality in Health and Care

August 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Digital Horizon workshops are brought to you by mHabitat and are aimed at (NHS) health, social care, and 3rd sector employees. Leeds based practitioners can access this event for free, and there will be a small charge for practitioners based outside of Leeds.

Hosted by Victoria Betton and Alison Braithwaite, our purpose is to bring together people working across the health and care sector, to learn, share, and build relationships for collaboration with your peers and professional community. On the day, there will be a blend of speakers, demonstrations, and videos; punctuated with small table and group discussions to explore:

  1. How might what you’ve heard/seen fit into your health or care setting?
  2. What are the potential benefits for people accessing services?
  3. What might the barriers be to using this technology?


Special Guest: Jac Billington – Lecturer in Perceptual Neuroscience – School of Psychology, University of Leeds.

Jac has been a Lecturer at the University of Leeds for 5 years, having previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London and a PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge. Jac has been using VR simulations for 10 years in order to understand aspects of human visual perception, attention and motor control. Since moving to Leeds, she has set up the Multisensory Unit, which houses an immersive VR system with motion capture. More recently, she has been using VR in order to manipulate the visual feedback from a painful limb and successfully reduce subjective experience of pain. She will talk about this work and the potential for using these paradigms in patient populations.


Bert Bonroy & Tom Van Daele

Bert Bonroy is a Master in Electronics – ICT and obtained his PhD in Engineering Technology (KU Leuven in collaboration with Thomas More University College, Belgium) and is within the research group responsible for the technological part of research projects. Tom Van Daele is a psychologist (PhD, University of Leuven, Belgium), and Head of the Expertise Unity Psychology, Technology & Society at Thomas More University College.

Using a video format, they will present a brief overview of the mental healthcare context in which VR is being used, how VR practically works for both the professional and the patient and what the potential value is for therapy. For this demo, they will make use of the software platform by the Spanish VR-company Psious.

Websites: Thomas More UC: www.thomasmore.be | Mobilab: www.mobilab.be | Psious: www.psious.com
Twitter: @BertBonroy | @TomVanDaele | @Psious


Additional Information: Refreshments will be provided. Futurelabs is a 10-15 minute walk from Leeds Train Station and there is ample pay and display car parking available at Templar Lane/Edward Street car park, Victoria Gate car park (open air behind FutureLabs and multi-story opposite, pricey option), or Quarry Hill car park (2 minute walk, reasonably priced). Look out for our new grey canopy over the front porch.




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