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Kevin Purdy

AVRC Project Manager

(Safety Officer - Garendon Wing)


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+44 (0)1509 635734


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Research Groups


Applied Vision Research Centre (AVRC)

Research Interests


Kevin has a background in ergonomics and design. He has interests in the design of systems and processes and their relation with human error and performance, and particularly in optimising design for human perception during visual tasks. His role within the AVRC is essentially one of technical and practical management and support to the head of centre and other staff.


Publications & Dissemination


Bonino D., Castellina E., Corno F., Gale A.G., Garbo A., Shi F. Purdy K. : A Blueprint for Eye-Controlled Environments, Universal Access in the Information Society Journal. Springer Berlin/Heidelberg. Issue Vol 8, No.4/Nov 2009, pp 311-321

Darker, I.T., Gale, A., Ward, L., Blechko, A., & Purdy, K. (2007). Light, camera, action, and arrest. In P. Bust (ed.) Contemporary Ergonomics (Ergonomics Society, Loughborough), pp. 171-177.

Shi F., and Gale A.G., 2007. Environmental Control by Remote Eye Tracking, In Howell Instance (Ed.), Proceedings of COGAIN 2007 Gaze-based Creativity, Interacting with Games and On-line Communities, pp 49-52.

Shi F., Gale A.G. & Purdy K., 2007. A New Gaze-Based Interface for Environmental Control. In Constantine Stephanidis (Ed.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 4555, Springer, pp 996-1005.

Shi F., Gale A.G. & Purdy K., 2007. Exploring Eye Responsive Control – from a Head Mounted to a Remote System, In Bust P.D. (Ed.) Contemporary Ergonomics 2007, Taylor and Francis, pp 369-374.

Shi F., Gale A.G. & Purdy K., 2006. Direct Gaze-Based Environmental Controls, In Howell Instance and Laura Farinetti (Ed.), Proceedings of COGAIN 2006 Gazing into the Future, pp 34-39

Shi, F., Gale, A.G. & Purdy, K.J., 2006. Eye-Centric ICT Control. In Bust P.D. & McCabe P.T. (Eds.) Contemporary Ergonomics 2006, Taylor and Francis, London, pp 215-218.

Shi F., Gale A.G. & Purdy K.J.: X10 - are you looking at me? In D de Waard et al (Eds). Development in Human Factors in Transportation, Design and Evaluation. Shaker, 2006 pp285-294.

Shi F., Gale A.G. & Purdy K.J.: Helping People with ICT Device Control by Eye Gaze, In Miesenberger K., Klaus J., Zagler W. & Karshmer A. (Eds.) Computers Helping People with Special Needs, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Verlag Berlin, 2006, pp 480-487

Shi F., Gale A.G. & Purdy K.J., 2006. Vision Responsive Technology to Assist People with Limited Mobility. In Clarkson P.J., Langdon P., Robinson P. & Goodman J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT), pp 51-55.

Shi F., Gale A.G. & Purdy K., 2006. Sift Approach Matching Constraints for Real-Time Attention Responsive System. In J.I. Byun & Z. Pan (Eds.) Proceedings of the 5th Asia Pacific International Symposium on Information Technology, pp 31-34.

Filik R., Purdy K.J., Gale A.G. & Gerrett D. (2006) Labeling of medicines and patient safety: Evaluating methods of reducing drug name confusion Human Factors, 48(1), 39-47.

Filik, R., Purdy K. & Gale A.G.:  The use of colour on the labelling of medicines.  In: Human Factors in Design, Safety, and Management, D. de Waard, K. Brookhuis, R. van Egmond, and T. Boersema (Eds.), Shaker Publishing, Aachen. 2005.

Filik R., Purdy K.J., Gale A.G. & Gerrett D. (2004) Drug name confusion: Evaluating the effectiveness of capital ('Tall Man') letters using eye movement data Social Science and Medicine 59(12) pp 2597-2601.

Filik R., Purdy K.J. & Gale A.G. (2004) Medication errors and the judicious use of colour on the labelling of medicines. In P. McCabe (Ed.), Contemporary Ergonomics 2004 (pp. 351-355). London: CRC Press.

Gale A.G., Filik R. & Purdy K.J. (2004) An eye on usability studies. In P. McCabe (Ed.), Contemporary Ergonomics 2004. London: CRC Press.

Filik R., Purdy K.J., Gale A.G. & Gerrett D. (2003) Investigating medication errors caused by confusable drug names. In F. Schmalhofer, R. M. Young, & G. Katz (Eds.), Proceedings of EuroCogSci 03 (pp. 383). London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates .

Filik R., Gale A.G., Purdy K.J. & Gerrett D. (2003) Medication errors and human factors. In P. McCabe (Ed.), Contemporary Ergonomics 2003 (pp. 471-476). London: Taylor & Francis .

Hatton J.W., Wooding D.S., Gale A.G. & Purdy K.J.:  The CAD interface in breast screening:  effect of image scale and detail upon transcription accuracy. In Lemke H.U., Vannier M.W., Farman A.G., Doi K. & Reiber J.H.C. (Eds.) Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Elsevier, Amsterdam,1392, 2003.

Wooding, D.S., Purdy, K.J., Gale, A.G. and Mugglestone, M.D.: Telling Time: the ergonomics of mounting a large public exhibition. Contemporary Ergonomics, P.T. McCabe (Ed.) Taylor and Francis, London, 165-170. 2003

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.

Hatton J., Wooding D.S., Purdy K.J., Bateman S.M., Gale A.G. and Cowley H.C..: Recording breast screening decisions: human factors and new technology. Breast Cancer Res 2002, 4(Suppl. 1):37   

Hatton, W. H., Wooding, D. W., Gale, A. G., Purdy, K. J. (2003). The effect of medical image characteristics on accuracy and eye movements during a transcription task. Presented at the 12th European Conference of Eye Movements, held in Dundee August 20-24th.

Filik, R., Purdy, K. J., Gale, A. G., & Gerrett, D. (2003). Using eye-movements to investigate medication errors. Poster presented at the 12th European Conference of Eye Movements, held in Dundee August 20-24th.

David S. Wooding, Mark D. Mugglestone, Kevin J. Purdy & Alastair G. Gale (2003). Designing for Autonomous Recording of Eye Movements. Poster presented at the 12th European Conference of Eye Movements, held in Dundee August 20-24th.

A. G. Gale, M. D. Mugglestone, K. J. Purdy, A. McClumpha, (2000). Airport baggage inspection: another medical image? Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 3981: Image Perception and Performance 3981-24

T J Horberry, K J Purdy, A G Gale, G M B Webber, M S Wright, (1998). Visual behaviour under emergency lighting conditions for visually impaired and normally sighted subjects. Global Ergonomics: Proceedings of the Ergonomics Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 9-11 September 1998

T J Horberry, K J Purdy, A G Gale (1997). Mind the bridge! Drivers' visual behaviour when approaching an overhead obstruction. Contemporary Ergonomics 1997: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Ergonomics Society Stoke Rochford Hall 15-17 April 1997.

J. May, K. Purdy (1997). The re-design of a hospital pharmacy dispensary area and waiting room. Contemporary Ergonomics 1997: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Ergonomics Society Stoke Rochford Hall 15-17 April 1997




Kevin's BSc in Design and Technology lead to an interest and subsequent MSc in ergonomics, obtained at Loughborough University. He then joined professor Alastair Gale and his Applied Vision Research Institute at the University of Derby, where for around a decade he provided a mixture of applied academic and specialist technical support and advice for the professor and his group. During this time Kevin also carried out a variety of consultancy and commercial research work on behalf of the group, particularly in the fields of ergonomic design and eye-tracking.

Subsequently, Kevin moved to Loughborough University with Professor Gale, where his role developed into one of project and technical management for the group, which was now called the Applied Vision Research Centre (AVRC). Initially the AVRC was part of the Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute (ESRI), but more recently moved into the department of Computer Science. By this point Kevin's role had diversified further, essentially coming to comprise guidance, support and central management for Professor Gale, his researchers and his research students in the practical and technical aspects of realising their research goals and aspirations.





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