Andi Smart is Professor of Operations and Process Management, Director of the Centre for Simulation, Analytics and Modelling at the University of Exeter. He is acting as Principal Investigator on this project.
Gabriella Giannachi is Professor in Performance and New Media at the University of Exeter, where she is Director of the Centre for Intermedia and Creative Technologies. She has published a number of books including: Virtual Theatres (Routledge 2004); The Politics of New Media Theatre (Routledge 2007); Performing Presence: Between the Live and the Simulated, co-authored with Nick Kaye (MUP 2011); Performing Mixed Reality, co-authored with Steve Benford (MIT 2011); Archaeologies of Presence, co-edited with Michael Shanks and Nick Kaye (Routledge 2012); Archive Everything (MIT 2016); and Histories of Performance Documentation, co-edited with Jonah Westerman (Routledge 2017). She has written award-winning papers for a number of humanities and science journals, and has been involved in a number of AHRC and RCUK funded projects developed in collaboration with Tate, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, 1010 Media and Exeter City Football Club.
Sam is an Associate Professor in Psychology, and has a broad range of research interests in the area of learning, expertise and performance. In his fundamental research Sam adopts a number of physiological measurement tools (e.g. eye tracking and electrocardiography) to explain human performance and learning. This approach has been applied to a range of different domains (e.g. sport, surgery, military, and aviation) and populations (e.g. children, elite performers and patient groups). Sam’s recent research interest is in the use of immersive technology: conceptually, in terms of developing and testing psychological theory which explains human experience in mixed and virtual reality environments; practically, in terms of using virtual reality technology to expedite learning and train individuals in safety critical industries. Sam’s research has been funded by the ESRC, Innovate UK, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the MOD, several charities, and the private sector.