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Professor Alastair Gale

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Emeritus Professor of Applied Vision Sciences

I am a psychologist by design and an ergonomist by accident.  All my research is concerned with human performance, performance errors and how to minimise these.  I am a: registered Health Professions Council Practitioner Psychologist; Fellow of the British Psychological Society; Chartered Psychologist; Chartered Health Psychologist; Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist; Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors; and an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Radiology. I was awarded: the Ergonomics Society Otto Edholm award 2007; the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors President’s medal 2010, and Loughborough University’s first Enterprise award 2009.  I invented the first radiological self-assessment scheme, used nationally in breast cancer screening, and developed one of the first computer aided diagnostic aids for breast cancer based on mammographic feature identification.

Current work primarily concentrates on breast cancer screening:

  • breast cancer screening (human and computer aided)

Other research areas:

  • Homeland security
  • CCTV security
  • Cervical cancer screening (human, ergonomics)
  • Medical imaging
  • Eye movement recording technology
  • Applied visual search
  • Development of new technology to aid severely disabled individuals communicate and operate ICT devices autonomously
  • Driving (driver-related technology/performance developments)
  • International Programme Committee member, SPIE Medical Imaging conference, Orlando, USA, 2015
  • International Programme Committee member, SPIE Medical Imaging conference, San Diego, USA, 2014
  • Invited Keynote, European Conference on Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden, 2013
  • International Programme Committee member, SPIE Medical Imaging conference, Orlando, USA, 2013
  • Invited presenter, American Board of Radiology, Louisville, 2013
  • Invited presenter, Society of Breast Imaging, Los Angeles, USA, 2013
  • International scientific reviewer, 5th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, Chongqing, China, 2012
  • International Programme Committee member, SPIE Medical Imaging conference, San Diego, USA, 2012
  • International Programme Committee member, IASTED International Conference on Imaging and Signal Processing in Health Care and Technology (ISPHT 2012), Baltimore, USA, 2012.
  • International Programme Committee member, IASTED International Conference on Assistive Technologies (AT 2012), Innsbruck, Austria
  • International Programme Committee member, European Intelligence & Security Informatics Conference (EISIC 2012), Odense, Denmark, August 2012
  • Invited key speaker, European Conference on Radiology, Vienna 2011.
  • Invited keynote speaker, SPIE International Medical Imaging conference, San Diego, 2010
  • Invited keynote speaker, Learning Research Meets Medicine conference, Turku, Finland, 2010.
  • Invited key speaker, European Conference on Radiology, Vienna, 2010
  • Invited key speaker, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Society of Radiographers, Glasgow, 2010
  • Invited key speaker, International X-ray Week (Röntgenveckan ), Örebro, Sweden, 2010