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


Rofe, Michael and Geelhoed, Erik (2017) Composing for a Latency-Rich Environment. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 231-256. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.

Geelhoed, Erik and Prior, David and Rofe, Michael (2017) Designing a System for Online Orchestra - Microphone Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 213-230. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.

Rofe, Michael and Geelhoed, Erik and Hodsdon, Laura (2017) Experiencing Online Orchestra - Communities, Connections and Music-Making through Telematic Performance. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 257-276. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.

Geelhoed, Erik and Singh-Barmi, Kuldip and Biscoe, Ian and Cesar, Pablo and Jansen, Jack and Wang, Chen and Kaiser, Rene (2016) Co-Present and Remote Audience Experiences: Intensity and Cohesion. Multimedia Tools and Applications, 2016. pp. 1-34. ISSN DOI 10.1007/s11042-016-3879-z

Perez Ferrer, Blanca and Colton, Simon and Powley, Edward and Krzywinska, Tanya and Geelhoed, Erik and Cook, Michael (2016) Gamika: Art Based Game Design. Art/Games, Beginnings. ISSN n/a

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.

Book Chapter

Frears, Lucy and Geelhoed, Erik and Myers, Misha (2017) Performing Landscape Using Locative Media Deep Map App: A Cornish Case Study. In: Reanimating Regions: Culture, Politics, Performance. Routledge, London. ISBN 978-1-13-893153-4 Item availability may be restricted.

Report or Working Paper

Rofe, Michael and Prior, David and Reeder, Philip and Murray, Samuel and Parker, Will and Geelhoed, Erik and Biscoe, Ian (2015) Online Orchestra. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

Conference or Workshop Item

Wang, Chen and Zhu, Xintong and Geelhoed, Erik and Biscoe, Ian and Röggla, Thomas and Cesar, Pablo (2016) How Are We Connected? Measuring Audience Galvanic Skin Response of Connected Performances.". In: International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems, Lisbon, Portugal,. (In Press)

Geelhoed, Erik and Harvie, Tamarin (2015) Different art forms hit different sweet spots. In: International Dementia Conference, 3 - 4 November 2015, NEC Birmingham. (Submitted)

Geelhoed, Erik and Biscoe, Ian (2014) Getting Closer – The Digital Tempest. In: The Co-Creation, distributed performances and alternative content for the big screen workshop, 10 – 11 November 2014, Barcelona. (Unpublished)

Geelhoed, Erik (2014) The Superfast Tempest. In: Superfast Cornwall Researcher Networking Day, Plymouth. (Unpublished)

Wang, Chen and Geelhoed, Erik and Stenton, Phil and Cesar, Pablo (2014) Sensing a live audience. In: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014, Toronto, Canada.

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.


Rofe, Michael and Prior, David and Reuben, Federico (2015) The Online Orchestra: Connecting Remote Communities through Music. [Performance]


Geelhoed, Erik and Krzywinska, Tanya (2017) Games Research Opportunities and Research Excellence in Cornwall and the EU (project): GRO / ERA. [Project] (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository.

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