Nick Peres


Transtechnology Research,
Room B312 Portland Square,
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus,

Current Research: 
– (PhD) A cinematic interface for cognitive exploration in (medical) simulation
– (SWAHSN) Exploring the use and benefit of 360 degree video within the healthcare setting


Nick Peres is a PhD student with Transtechnology Research funded by The Horizon Institute located within South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust, where he works and teaches as a medical simulation and digital technologies specialist.
His background and training is from within the broadcast industry, with particular interest and attention in documentary film production, having been mentored by industry veteran John Pett (The World at War).
Nick’s interest is within viewer reaction and association with certain imagery, coupled alongside the modern technical ways visual delivery can be deployed and contribute to the viewing ‘experience’.  His research and practice in 360 degree video has led to pioneering the use of ‘user navigational’ video in healthcare for post event analysis.
Within a medical simulation setting, Nick remotely controls a high fidelity manikin positioned in a mock theatre or ward environment that can blink, breath, bleed and speak to represent a wide variety of patient cases and scenarios. The frequent use of props, moulage, outfits, back story and incorporating live role play characters are all used to increase the realism of these training events.

For over two years, Nick has gradually begun to merge the disciplines of video and simulation to introduce media elements into simulated scenarios in order to enhance story, environmental factors and patient/clinician relationships. However, it is now this idea of creating a visual state of ‘higher reality’ within this physical and immersive training environment that leads his research towards an understanding and potential creation of a cinematic representation of ‘human factors’. Working around representing notions of workplace communication, compassion and empathy through key imagery and sequences to create a better understanding of these humanistic skills that often go untaught within the clinical training setting.