Erik Geelhoed

Job title
Research Fellow
01326 370491 Ext: 1491

Erik Geelhoed is a research fellow at Falmouth University working on a EU funded ERA program, researching gamers and games design requirements. Before he worked on a Framework 7 program called Vconect. Previously, with a background in psychology, he worked (1992 - 2009) at Hewlett-Packard Research Labs emphasising the importance of user requirements research in technology development and design. He worked with HP divisions, in other large companies (eg Panasonic, Philips, Kodak), SMEs as well as a number of art and community organisations during his time at HP. In Vconect Erik has conducted requirement studies for mediated performance with actors and dancers; audience research using Galvanic Skin Response sensors; user evaluations of automated editing (Orchestration) in social media settings; for Portugal Telecom user research on social media. He is working with Cornwall based theatre companies to apply Vconect technology in performance settings.


YearQualificationAwarding body
Drs Clinical Psychology
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Carrying out research, using sound psychological methods, in the space where technology, design, arts, media and people come together.
I have expertise in qualitative and quantitative psychology methods, including statistics (SPSS) and psychophysics.

Research topics

Qualitative and Quantitaive Research Methodologies

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs


Stenton, Phil and Geelhoed, Erik and Pollard, Stephen and Porter, Gary and Bellaar-Spruijt, Vanessa (2012) Extending the theatre experience: The potential for wearable and onstage cameras. Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media, 1 (1). pp. 33-64. ISSN 20456271 Item not available from this repository.

Conference or Workshop Item

Geelhoed, Erik and Wang, Chen and Cesar, Pablo (2013) An Invisible Gorilla: Is It a Matter of Focus of Attention? In: Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia, Nanjing, China.

Geelhoed, Erik and Wang, Chen and Biscoe, Ian and Cesar, Pablo and Stenton, Phil (2013) Sensing Audience Response- Beyond One Way Streaming of Live Performances. In: 1st International Workshop on Interactive Content Consumption, Como, Italy.

Geelhoed, Erik and Stenton, Phil and Singh-Barmi, Kuldip and Biscoe, Ian (2013) User requirements in immersive mediated performance spaces. In: Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, 11 - 12 April 2013, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales. Item not available from this repository.

Geelhoed, Erik and Morrell, Andy and Caleb-Solly, Praminda and Sun, Ming (2012) Exploring the complexity of understanding, managing and marketing codes for sustainability in the current economic climate – issues for the small builder. In: International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, 1 - 3 June 2011, Marseilles, France.

Research students

Current research students

Tammy Harvie: The value of technology interventions in care homes.
Su Vernon: The role of haptics in the creative process
Ciaran Clarke: Audience feedback in distributed performances

Number of research students supervised to completion: 2

Research degrees examined

I have supervised two PhD students at Bristol University and the University of the West of England (Bristol).
Appointed by the UK Open University (OU) as external examiner and advisor on the accreditation of the Dutch European Media Master of Arts (EMMA) Programme of the School of Arts of Utrecht (The Netherlands) for four years. Responsibilities involved: yearly reporting to the OU on the progress and quality of the EMMA programme, chairing the OU exam committee and visits to EMMA. 
Key member of advisory boards (with representatives of Philips, Erickson, OCE and TNO) for major cross-faculty research programs of The University of Delft, The Netherlands; providing feedback on results, research direction and a number of associated PhDs.


Areas of teaching

Research Methods
future technologies and people

Courses taught

Games Academy