About Us

Our Approach

Our expertise is in developing and studying the use of immersive telepresence technologies. Our focus is attempting to reproduce the face to face meeting in the Metaverse. We have applied this to applications including Mental Health and Mission Control, where it is important to communicate emotion, attention, intention and action. Our thesis is that non-verbal communication can be misleading unless faithfully and holistically communicated. We help others to understand why it is so important and hard to faithfully and holistically convey non-verbal communication through technology and how to bring cutting edge technologies together to approach it.

Our Story

Shared Realities is founded and directed by David Roberts and brings together many of people he has worked closely with over the 25+ years of research into shared mixed reality and telepresence. These people range from VR coders and modellers to VR clinical leads and therapists.

Meet the Team

Founder & CEO

Dr David Roberts

David has recently stepped away from being a University Professor of Telepresence, to concentrate on Shared Realities Ltd.

As a professor he has held positions including Head of the UK’s EPSRC National Industrial Centre for Virtual Environments, and Academic lead of Digital Health, within the University of Salford.

For more that 25 years, David has developed and studied the use of advanced shared reality and telepresence technologies which encourage natural interaction between people brought together by merging real and virtual places.

He has undertaken this research within the disciples and departments of Cybertnetics, computer Science and Psychology.

His applied research was named National exemplar of economic benefit of research by the UK Research Councils and the Royal Society and he has since helped the NHS to adopt Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to support survivors of the Manchester Arena bomb.

He is experienced in technologies including video based reconstruction, mixed reality, expressive avatars, eye tracking, and immersive neuroimaging.

Associates

Dr Robin Wolff

VR expert with special focus on immersive environments, augmented reality, 3D user interfaces, human machine interaction, tele-immersion, distributed simulation.

15 + years experience in:
– programming, operation, installation and maintenance of immersive Virtual Reality equipment
– real-time graphics programming and distributed real-time simulation
– design, implementation and analysis of user studies
– scientific publication

Dr Alexander Landowska

Immersive neuroimaging

10 + years experience in combining nuoimaging with immersive virtual reality, using EEG, fMRI, and most often fNIRS, in mental and physical health.

Dr Tobias Duckworth

Software developer with experience in computer vision applied to immersive telepresence.

15+ years experience of coding based development, including c++, assembler, operating systems and embedded systems.

Godson Ahamba

Developer with experience in neuroscience, psychology and 3D modelling of virtual humans.

More to be confirmed shortly

Collaborators

We are currently working closely with:

Resilience Hub on VR therapy for Manchester Arena Victims

Brain and Spinal Injury Clinic on VR therapy for War Veterans