WEDNESDAY 12 June 2019 – Lunchtime Seminar with Ivan Phelan (Research Fellow, C3RI, Sheffield Hallam University)

Title: Virtual Reality: How engaging content can aid rehabilitation and reduce pain
Speaker: Ivan Phelan (Research Fellow, C3RI, Sheffield Hallam University)

Virtual Reality (VR) technology is still in its infancy, but the technology is improving and becoming more affordable to a point where it will become a more mass-market device. Currently, the main market for VR is in entertainment. An area that is developing is its use within a healthcare setting, and the potential to improve rehabilitation techniques and help distract patients during painful treatments.

Image provided by Ivan Phelan (Research Fellow, C3RI)


Ivan works as a Research Fellow in Sheffield Hallam University’s Cultural, Communication & Computing Research Institute (C3RI) where his research focus is on how Virtual Reality can be used Healthcare.

Ivan’s primary area of expertise is with the Unreal and Unity game engines which are great tools to create fast functional prototypes.

He is currently involved with multiple VR projects funded by NIHR and the MRC, exploring virtual reality training for upper limb prosthetics, pain distraction during burn treatments, and rehab for children after arm injuries.

Image provided by Ivan Phelan (Research Fellow, C3RI)



See here for details of other seminars in the series.

All SHU staff and students are welcome to attend the C3RI Lunchtime Research Seminars. If you are from outside of the University and would like to attend a seminar, please email the C3RI Administrator to arrange entry.