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hapTEL™ is an interdisciplinary project consisting of a team of E-learning, cybernetics, robotics and dental clinical experts together with a psychologist and sociologist with extensive experience in working in interactive technologies and dental education.

Project Members


Professor Margaret J. Cox OBE

Principal Investigator and Strand 3 Co-ordinator, King’s College London

Prof. Cox’s research interests include: investigating the effects of continuing professional development on the uptake of IT in Educational institutions and other establishments; the development and evaluation of E-learning in dental education; designing and developing computer based modelling environments; the use of haptics in dental education; and more detailed investigations into the effects of attitudes on E-learning uptake and use at school and higher education levels. She is one of the leading e-learning researchers in the UK.

Professor Patricia Reynolds
Assistant Principal Investigator, King’s College London

Prof. Reynolds is interested in the development and evaluation of distance and flexible learning environments particularly in Dentistry. She leads the IVIDENT (International Virtual Dental School) project which has complimentary aims to the hapTEL™ project.

Professor Nairn Wilson CBE
User Group Co-ordinator, King’s College London

The User-group, which consists of dental clinicians at King’s College London, provides the requirements for the development of the hapTEL™ system. Currently Dean and Head of the King’s College London Dental Institute at Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals, Prof. Wilson’s research has centered on the application and efficacy of tooth-coloured restorative systems, the teaching and use of materials and techniques in primary dental degree programmes and practice-based research.

Dr. Jonathan P. San Diego
Senior Research Officer and Project Manager, King’s College London

Dr. San Diego’s main research interests are in how representations influence cognition and learning, and in how the rich, linked, interactive representations which are possible in computer-based systems may be exploited to improve teaching and learning

Dr. Avi Banerjee
Dr. Subir Banerji
Strand 3 Member, King’s College London
Dr. Alistair Barrow
Senior Research Officer, University of Reading

Dr Barrow’s research interests include all aspects of virtual reality and multimodal human computer interaction; particularly: tactile and force feedback interfaces, the modelling of dynamic and physically based systems and the psychophysics of human performance in virtual environments.

Professor Stephen Dunne
User Group and Strand 2 and 3 Member, King’s College London

Professor Dunne is head of the Dental Practice and Policy Academic Group and Professor and Head of the Department of Primary Dental Care. His research in hapTEL™ focuses on the development of haptic devices and the design and conduct of clinical educational research programmes employing such devices.

Mr. Bruce Elson
Strand 1 Researcher, associated with Birmingham City University
Mr. Joe Harper
Strand 1 Member, King’s College London
Professor William Harwin
Strand 1 Coordinator, University of Reading

Prof. William S Harwin is Head of the Interactive Systems Research Group at the University of Reading, Department of Cybernetics where his research interests encompass the interfaces between humans and smart machines as typified by haptic devices, and medical and rehabilitation robots.

Dr. Jon Hindmarsh
Strand 3 Member and Qualitative Research leader, King’s College London

Dr. Hindmarsh specialises in video-based studies of work practice and technology-in-use. His research in hapTEL™ focuses on studies of training encounters involving supervisors, students and (where relevant) patients in student dental clinics. He is exploring how these studies can inform the evaluation and development of the project tools and technologies.

Dr. Brian Millar
User Group, and Strand 2 and 3 Member, King’s College London
Professor Tim Newton
Strand 3 Coordinator, King’s College London

Professor of Psychology as Applied to Dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute and Head of the Department of Dental Public Health & Oral Health Services Research, King’s College London. He leads the Oral Health, Workforce and Education Research theme, a group which is involved in cutting edge research in the behavioural sciences as applied to dentistry, oral health services research and the development of new technologies in dental education.

Dr. Barry Quinn
Strand 2 Coordinator, User Group, and Strand 3 member, King’s College London

Barry qualified from the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University of London in 1987. Subsequently he spent several years working as a House Officer, Senior Officer and Registrar gaining general professional training in a wide range of dental specialities. Barry gained a Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow and The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1991. In 1993 Barry gained an MSc with Distinction from Eastman Dental Institute, University of London and returned to Guy’s Hospital as a Registrar in Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Brett Robinson
User Group and Strand 2 and 3 Member, King’s College London
Dr. Mark Woolford
Strand 2 Coordinator, User Group, and Strand 3 Member, King’s College London

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Research Students

Mr. Lewis Hyland
Research Student, Strand 3 Member, King’s College London

Lewis Hyland of the Department of Management, King’s College London, has a 1+3 year studentship supervised by Dr. Jon Hindmarsh which started on 1st January 2009. His research involves analysing video data of naturally occurring social interaction around dental simulators. In particular, issues of realism and touch are explored to further understand the interactional affordances provided in simulator design.

Mr. Brian Tse
Research Student, Strand 1 Member, University of Reading

Brian Tse is based in the Interactive Systems Research Group (ISRG) at the University of Reading. He has a 3-year studentship supervised by Professor William Harwin which began on 1st October 2007. His research focuses on a unified haptic and graphic model creation process for dental student skills and knowledge training, rigid body haptic deformation and 3D modelling of the human mouth.

Ms. Tracy-ann Green
Research Student, Strand 1, 2 and 3 Member, King’s College London

Tracy-ann Green holds a 1+3 research studentship jointly with the Department of Educational Professional Studies and The Dental Institute. She is currently reading MRes with dissertation research to focus on students’ attitudes towards new technologies in dental education. This MRes research will serve as a pilot study for her PhD project which will involve examining the effects of the use of haptic dental environments on learners’ 3D perceptions and dental skills. Tracy-ann will evaluate the impact of the haptic device on a small number of individual undergraduate and post-graduate dental students and then the whole cohort to measure their changes in perceptions, understanding and manipulative skills. It will draw on and be supported by the socio-cognitive and haptic device expertise of the hapTEL™ project.

Arash Shahriari Rad
Research student, Strand 1,2 and 3 Member, King’s College London

This PhD project is focused on evaluating the impact of the hapTEL™ system on students’ learning through the formative feedback system and how this process is incorporated into the traditional assessment of the undergraduate students.
Arash’s PhD research will draw on and be supported by the clinical, socio-cognitive and haptic device expertise of his supervisors Dr Mark Woolford, Professor Margaret Cox and Dr Jonathan P. San Diego.
One of the objectives of Arash’s work involves identifying different techniques used by tutors in assessing the impact on students’ learning on some dental clinical skills using the haptic device compared with the assessment technique embedded in the system.

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Advisory Group members

Dr. Chris Abbott
King’s College London
Dr. Dick Bacon
University of Surrey
Dr. Sarah Baillie
Royal Veterinary College
Dr. Pamela Cowan
Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Richard Cox
University of Sussex
Dr. Fred Daly
Independent Consultant
Dr. Geraldine Fitzpatrick
University of Sussex
Professor Diana Laurillard
Institute of Education, London Knowledge Laboratory
Dr. Chris Louca
UCL Eastman Dental Institute
Professor Richard Noss
Institute of Education, London Knowledge Laboratory
Dr. Cora O’Reilly
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Ms. Vanessa Pittard
Becta
Professor Anthony Rest
Southampton University
Dr. Mark Sims
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester

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Other affiliates

Previous partner: Birmingham City University
Mr. Thomas Murphy
Mr. Anthony Portelli