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Human Movement, Health & Well Being

Human Movement, Health & Well Being

VSimulators at Exeter enables research into balance, mobility, falls, trips, exercise, health and wellbeing, investigating societal impacts for motion impairment in vulnerable groups. This has drawn together academics from a variety of disciplines to form the Human Movement Science Group. Follow this link for details of academic expertise in this field. Additionally, academics are working in collaboration with commercial organisations, using the VSimulators facility, to identify opportunities for innovation in footwear, pitch design and training methods.

As an example, mobility impairment and falls are associated with a large personal and societal cost, with problems being attributed to a combination of individual factors (physical, cognitive and psychological) combined with environmental conditions. VSimulators offers the opportunity to study multi-factorial mechanisms, such as simulating falls to help understand the mechanisms of balance, falls, near-falls and active ingredients, which may form the basis of rehabilitation programmes. Additionally such research is supporting this development of low cost sensors for assessing and training balance, to support the ability for safer walking in older adults and people with neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's Disease. Such research links into the built environment, by influencing the design of hospitals and consideration for how those with balance issues can access public transport. Further research in this sector can be supported by collaborations with experts such Sallie Lamb (physiotherapist) or Vicki Goodwin, MBE (physiotheraptist) at the University of Exeter Medical School. Additionally, Will Young (psychologist) and Genevieve Williams, (biomechanist) in Sports and Health Sciences offer expertise in motor control and boimechanics.

VSimulators at Bath focuses on research into the impact of environmental factors and the perception of motion (Sopite Syndrome) on the health and wellbeing of occupants. This involves an extensive team of academics from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, with support from commercial organisations exploring innovation in building design and the impact on human occupants. Examples of research include monitoring of internal air quality, productivity impact from building motion, and psychological responses to the immediate environment.

The video clips at the bottom of this page and the Case Study links (to the right) provide insights as to how VSimulators is being used for investigations into Human Movement, Health and Wellbeing.


Research Funding Opportunities

The following highlights current funding for collaborative research or for commercial organisations seeking to develop innovative solution. Please contact vsimulators@exeter.ac.uk if you wish to discuss opportunities to apply for funding using the VSimulators research platform for research into Human Movement, Health and Wellbeing.


Please contact us if you wish to discuss a research idea.

In the following videos our academics discuss some current areas of research using the VSimulators platforms for human movement, health and wellbeing

Dr Genevieve Williams (biomechanist) discusses her research using VSimulators

Professor Vicki Goodwin (physiotherapist) discusses her research using VSimulators

Dr Will Young (psychologist) discusses his research using VSimulators

Dr Ian Walker (psychologist) discusses his research using VSimulators

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Using virtual reality and multi-sensory cues to understand and treat chronic pain

PhD student Joao Mineiro has been awarded an EPSRC-funded studentship to explore whether virtual reality can be used in the treatment of chronic pain.

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Researching the influence of temperature and relative humidity on work performance and productivity

PhD student Sharareh Ghanbari is using the University of Bath VSimulator to explore the influence that temperature and humidity have on work performance, wellbeing and productivity in office buildings.

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Investigating occupant discomfort in tall buildings

University of Bath PhD student Kaveh Heshmati is conducting research into occupant comfort in tall buildings using the globally unique VSimulators facilities, which are designed to simulate realistically wind-induced vibrations in tall buildings. His research will use the VSimulators facility at the University of Bath.

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