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Reality or hype? Professor Bob Stone takes the long view of Virtual Reality's development

Reality or hype? Professor Bob Stone takes the long view of Virtual Reality's development
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Professor Bob Stone, Director of Human Interface Technologies Team from the University of Birmingham is featured in the 13 November edition of the New Electronics Digital Magazine.

First University of Birmingham-SMRT rail students complete studies in Singapore.

First University of Birmingham-SMRT rail students complete studies in Singapore.
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The first students have completed their studies as part of a unique railway education partnership between the University of Birmingham and Singapore's public transport services provider SMRT.

Birmingham Railway researchers invite insights into Africa's railway system

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Professor Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), will be delivering a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya with key stakeholders to gather in-depth knowledge of the current state of rail infrastructure, and future projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Bob Stone discusses Mixed Reality in military aircraft of the future for BAE Systems podcast

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Professor Bob Stone, Director of the Human Interface Technologies Team, was recently interviewed for Our Conversation, the podcast for the BAE Community, about the role he expects Mixed Reality technologies to play in military aircraft of the future.

Sir David Attenborough narrates a unique Virtual Reality relaxation project for a University of Birmingham student

Sir David Attenborough narrates a unique Virtual Reality relaxation project for a University of Birmingham student
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The iconic English broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough recently provided a voiceover for an innovative Virtual Reality (VR) based relaxation exercise to support palliative care residents, developed by a University of Birmingham postgraduate student.

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education industry collaborator commended at the Global Light Rail Awards

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education industry collaborator commended at the Global Light Rail Awards
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Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education industry collaborator commended at the Global Light Rail Award

University of Birmingham signs joint initiative to develop HydroFlex – the UK's first hydrogen train

University of Birmingham signs joint initiative to develop  HydroFlex – the UK's first hydrogen train
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The UK's first hydrogen powered train will be created following a new joint initiative between the University of Birmingham's Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education ('BCRRE') and Porterbrook.

Armed Forces praise HIT Team's Mixed Reality system at charity event at Highclere Castle

Armed Forces praise HIT Team's Mixed Reality system at charity event at Highclere Castle
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The Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team joined forces with the UK's Defence Medical Services (DMS) earlier this month to stage a series of demonstrations showing old and new technologies and techniques for supporting combat casualty care at the Heroes at Highclere Armed Forces charity weekend.

Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team discover World War II torpedo net at the bottom of Burrator Reservoir

Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team discover World War II torpedo net at the bottom of Burrator Reservoir
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Members of the University of Birmingham's Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team recently discovered a torpedo net from World War Two at the bottom of Burrator Reservoir in Devon.

Breaking ground at the University's new School of Engineering

Breaking ground at the University's new School of Engineering
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The University of Birmingham, in partnership with Willmott Dixon, have celebrated the start of development of a new School of Engineering building.

HIT Team help raise awareness for NHS personnel and their Families

HIT Team help raise awareness for NHS personnel and their Families
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The Human Interface Technologies Team staged its busiest Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VR, AR and MR) event to date when it took a range of technology demonstrators to Torbay Hospital in Devon as part of an awareness-raising day for NHS executives, healthcare personnel and their families.

Using Mixed Reality to improve UK Armed Forces training

Using Mixed Reality to improve UK Armed Forces training
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A new virtual simulator of a Chinook helicopter, developed by a team of technology experts at Birmingham, will soon be helping to improve training for UK Armed Forces' Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) personnel.

Project launches to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences

Project launches to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences
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The University of Birmingham has been awarded a slice of £5.5 million funding for a project to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences.

HIT Team showcase Virtual Reality to the Caves Trust

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Professor Bob Stone and members of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team staged a unique STEM event in Devon on Monday 30 July 2018.

A new home for the School of Engineering

A new home for the School of Engineering
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The University of Birmingham is embarking on a new ambitious building project in partnership with Willmott Dixon, which will deliver a new home for the University of Birmingham's School of Engineering.

Birmingham Professor presents Cubs with world's first Cubs badges for Virtual Reality achievement

Birmingham Professor presents Cubs with world's first Cubs badges for Virtual Reality achievement
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Birmingham Professor Bob Stone presented members of the Bengal Cubs of the 1st Shirley Scout Group with the world's first Cubs badge for achievement in Virtual Reality, at a special presentation ceremony held at the Cub's Headquarters in Solihull.

HIT Team stages a successful trial of its latest Mixed Reality technology with RAF Medics

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The School of Engineering's Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team, under the direction of Professor Bob Stone, recently concluded a successful interim usability trial with its Mixed Reality Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) training concept.

Calling time on the myth of Burrator's 'underwater village'

Calling time on the myth of Burrator's 'underwater village'
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The legend of the 'hidden village', claimed to be finally emerging from the depths of Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor due to this year's hot summer temperatures, has been shown to be a myth, courtesy of a Virtual Reality model of the lake bed, developed by University of Birmingham specialists.

University of Birmingham spinout appoints General Manager for new China office

University of Birmingham spinout appoints General Manager for new China office
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University of Birmingham spinout, Smart Antenna Technologies Ltd (SAT), has appointed James Li as General Manager for the company's operations in China.

Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team featured in Telegraph article on transforming healthcare

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The work of Virtual Reality (VR) expert, Professor Robert Stone, Director of the Human Interface Technologies Team (HIT) at the University of Birmingham, has appeared in a "transforming healthcare" feature piece published by The Telegraph, to coincide with the NHS's 70th anniversary.
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