Uplands Rescue Resilience:
It is very expensive and time consuming for the Police and mountain rescue volunteers when a search is prolonged due to a lack of precise information about where citizens in danger may be located. One of the major problems for rescue teams is to know the correct location of the potential casualty in distress as the area of search can be very large and the weather conditions may be bad. Upland areas contain many “dead” zones that are blind to radio and cellular radio communications.
Pat Langdon’s experimental doctoral and post-doctoral research has contributed to cognitive science, artificial intelligence, robotics and psychophysical studies of the human visual system. His experimental PhD researched the psychological reality of certain Artificial Intelligence-based theories of vision and he was employed by an Artificial Intelligence Vision Research Unit at the University of Sheffield working on the area of robotics. Subsequently, he moved into Engineering Design Research at the University of Lancaster EDC, working on the application of AI and user centred design principles to complex engineering design systems. Since 1998 Pat Langdon has been employed at the Cambridge EDC, where he has pursued a number of research directions.
These include: (1) the properties and design of Haptic interfaces for use in accessible computer displays for the movement disabled; (2) the representation and formulation of statistical data on disability, for use in Inclusive Design; (3) Integration of software development and empirical methodology for Good Design Research Practice; (4) structure and survey of data for capability assessment; (5) comparative studies of clustering methods for design knowledge exploration; (6) cognitive scales for capability assessment; (7) methods for ethnographic and observational studies of aerospace (7) developing scales for product-capability interaction assessment in design.