- Applied Vision - People - Alastair Gale
Alastair read Psychology at the University of Durham and after graduating stayed on to complete a PhD on the role of eye movements in figure perception with Prof. John Findlay. He then moved to Loughborough University to conduct applied ergonomic research in the Nottingham lace industry, examining industrial inspection processes. This was followed by a move to the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham where he researched with the late Professor Brian Worthington FRS in the Departments of Medical Physics, Academic Radiology and Human Morphology as a Consultant Scientific Officer primarily examining radiological errors – this was the first such research conducted in this domain outside the USA. Additionally he was an Honorary Medical Science Teacher at the University of Nottingham where he also co-established a Bio-Engineering Research Unit. He was an Honorary Visiting Reader in Psychology at the University of Surrey (1992-96). Following his appointment as Honorary Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Derby in 1992, he was subsequently invited to set up a new research centre (the Applied Vision Research Unit) at Derby which was accomplished in 1993, commensurate with his appointment as Professor of Applied Vision Sciences. He became Director of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences in 1998 when the Division of Psychology and the Applied Vision Research Unit merged. He also held various management roles in the School of Health concerning research, marketing and international matters. Subsequently he established the Applied Vision Research Institute and was a member of various University-wide research committees and also chaired the University’s research ethics committee. He was invited by Sir David Wallace, the then VC, to move to Loughborough University in 2005.
Current research interests are wide ranging and mainly revolve around; saccadic eye movements, applied visual search, human performance and performance errors - particularly in medical and security imaging interpretation and road transportation domains, as well as ergonomics. For many years he has been very involved with improving radiological diagnostic performance and developed the first computer aided diagnostic system for breast cancer, based on mammographic feature identification, as well as establishing the first radiological self-assessment scheme in breast cancer screening (‘PERFORMS’). He established the international conference series on Vision In Vehicles in 1985 which runs biannually. Current research concentrates on performance in breast cancer screening (human, CAD, machine, ergonomics), cervical cancer screening (human, ergonomics, machine), teleradiology, PACS, medical imaging, eye movement recording technology, applied visual search, aviation security, communication and control aids for the disabled, CCTV interpretation, medication errors, gun crime, marketing, advertising, driving (driver-related technology/performance developments). Research under development concerns virtual colonoscopy and breast tomosynthesis. He collaborates widely with other research groups and industries. He is the editor of 14 books concerning vision in applied situations, author of over 210 articles in edited books and international scientific journals. He is also the Organiser and Chair of 28 International Scientific Conferences and has presented over 60 invited and over 270 other presentations at international scientific conferences.
Current Research (externally funded current and recently completed work)
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Manning D.J., Gale A.G. & Krupinski E.A.: Perception research in medical imaging. British Journal of Radiology, 2005, 78, 683-685
Scott H.J. & Gale A.G.: Breast screening: PERFORMS identifies key mammographic training needs. British Journal of Radiology, 2006, 79: S127-S133
Filik, R., Purdy, K. J., Gale, A. G., & Gerrett, D.: Drug name confusion: Evaluating the effectiveness of capital ("Tall Man") letters using eye movement data. Social Science and Medicine. 2004, 59(12), 2597-2601.
Gale A.G.: PERFORMS – a self assessment scheme for radiologists in breast screening. In Seminars in Breast Disease: Improving and monitoring mammographic interpretative skills, 2003, 6(3), 148-152.
Ball, L.J., Lucas, E.J., Miles, J.N.V., & Gale, A.G.: Inspection times and the selection task: What do eye-movements reveal about relevance effects? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2003, 56A, 1053-1077.
Esserman L., Cowley H., Eberle C., Kirkpatrick A., Chang S., Berbaum K., & Gale A.G.: Improving the Accuracy of Mammography: Volume and Outcome Relationships. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2002, Vol. 94, No. 5, 369-375, March 6.
Gale, A.G., Roebuck, E.J., Riley, P. & Worthington, B.S.: Computer aids to mammography diagnosis. British Journal of Radiology, 1987,60, 887891.
Wooding, D.S., Mugglestone, M.D., Purdy, K.J. and Gale, A.G.: Eye movements of large populations: I. Implementation and performance of an autonomous public eye tracker. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 2002, 34(4), 509-517.
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