This research is a fusion of sciences and arts and embraces many different aspects of civil, environmental and mechanical engineering, instrumentation science and engineering, neurology, psychology, ophthalmology, audiology, orthopaedics, the creative and performing arts, technical and aesthetic design, and humanities such as economics, ethics and philosophy. It also has a large and prominent community engagement activity.
Activities within PEARL vary from creating life-sized, controlled condition environments - e.g. a railway station, a high street or town square, to a micro-scale, such as neurological activity, physiological (e.g. electrodermal activity, heart rate, breathing) and physical reactions (e.g. physical motion, movement), or emotional responses. The physical displacements of people in response to environmental design (what they see, touch, hear, smell or feel) or to dynamic conditions (such as explosions, instructions or exogenous movements) is also studied.
Researchers are using PEARL to engage with the public to discover what activities people want or need to do, and the ways in which the environment helps or hinders them. PEARL is an ideal environment for testing proposed (and existing) standards and regulations. This knowledge can shape the design of our environment to enable people to live with a greater quality of life in the social space that is society.
The facility launched in Summer 2021.
Film credit: New London Architecture
Image credit: Penoyre & Prasad
|Who can use the facility||Functions/facilities available|
Industry and Academic researchers (multi disciplines)
Use of equipment; collaborative research and consultancy
|Fellowships and PhD Studentships||Use of equipment, study space|
|Charities, public bodies and public||Collaborative research, events, community engagement|
Find out more
Contact Barbara Pizzileo, Strategic Partnerships Manager