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Mr Chris Stone

Mr Chris Stone

Mr Chris Stone
BSc(Hons), RSci, FIAP, MBPsS

Senior Research Associate in Wearable Technology Application Development

Area of research

Computer systems for experimental psychology

Office 3D32
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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+44 (0) 117 928 8559

Summary

Chris has a background in software systems development with extensive experience of the information systems industry and previous involvement in psychology and vision research. After initially graduating in psychology he worked for Professor Richard Gregory as a research assistant in the Brain and Perception Laboratory at the University of Bristol, investigating visual illusions and phenomena at isoluminance. His major project was the development of a computerised colour vision testing system which used heterochromatic flicker photometry to measure red/green hue discrimination; this system was installed in Bristol Eye Hospital and featured on the BBC’s “Tomorrow’s World” programme [published as "A New Computer Graphics Test for Red/Green Colour Anomaly"; Heard, Stone, Gregory and Marmion (1987), Colour Vision Deficiencies, vol.8]. During his subsequent career in information systems, he worked in fields including medical laboratory systems, nuclear power station management information systems, and the commercial sector; eventually becoming a Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers. Most recently he worked for a global media and publishing company undertaking investigations of business system problems around their European operations, designing developing and implementing IT solutions. Chris joined the School of Experimental Psychology as an honorary member of staff in May 2011 to provide systems development expertise for research projects, primarily in the field of vision research. This involved (in collaboration with a researcher at the University of Cambridge) development of a software package which uses a computer model of visual processing to analyse differences between images and evaluate the conspicuity of objects, with application to railway signal safety, and constructing an interface to allow non-technical users to access and operate this model.  Currently he is a Research Associate in the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, developing innovative methods of capturing lifestyle health behaviour data "in-the-wild", with a view to developing targeted "just-in-time" health interventions.

 

Biography

Experience:

Brain & Perception Laboratory, University of Bristol  -  Research Assistant

Carried out experimental work on research projects and provided technical back-up at lectures, conferences and television recordings; developed computerised control systems to generate and present visual stimuli and automate the running of experiments.  Developed a clinical testing system which was installed in Bristol Eye Hospital and featured on the BBC’s “Tomorrow’s World” programme as well as being published in the scientific media.  Also assisted with demonstrations at the Rank Organisation Opto-Electronics Conference (Cambridge 1984), the European Conference on Visual Perception (Cambridge 1985), and at the Royal Society.

NHS Regional Computer Centre  -  Medical Systems Developer and Help Desk Team Leader

Covering all aspects of the design, development and support of hospital computer systems; this involved a diverse range of activities including interfacing medical equipment to computers and carrying out site IT audits.  Helped define the national specification and design for NHS pathology systems, as part of the design team.  Also led a help-desk team and liaised with medical staff on all aspects of laboratory systems, providing expert IT guidance and dedicated assistance to hospitals throughout the south-west of England.

Nuclear Electric PLC  -  Management Information Systems Developer

As part of the Power Station Management Systems Group, developed supported and tested IT systems for nuclear power generation.  Held a key role in the implementation of major new systems, which involved working with a software supplier at their headquarters in California and liaising with their UK development staff.  Achievements included the successful customisation, testing and implementation of a new engineering management system in British nuclear facilities.

Reader’s Digest  -  Senior IT Systems Analyst, European Systems

A 15-year involvement with this multi-national organisation included managing a team of senior developers and business analysts.  Acting within the framework of the European systems support team but with considerable scope to exercise own initiative, this role was to conduct investigations of business system problems, working with end-user clients to identify and implement appropriate solutions.  Remit covered the company’s bespoke IT applications in Europe, specialising in client-server and PC/web-based systems.  Also managed the operational tasks and system enhancement work of the team and was responsible for systems security and ensuring successful audit compliance.

Professional memberships:

Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers

Member of the British Psychological Society

 

Keywords

  • vision
  • perception
  • computer systems development

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