Our Keynote Speakers:

Kimberley Stone

Kimberly P. Stone, MD, MS, MA,


Kimberly (Kim) Stone, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  She is Co-Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Simulation Program and Head of Systems Integration and Patient Safety for the Seattle Children’s Simulation Program. Dr. Stone is President-Elect for the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE).

Dr. Stone has been using simulation for interprofessional education, team training, environmental testing and design, and process improvement to improve patient safety for the past 12 years.  She has co-led more than 30 systems-improvement projects using simulation and co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles and simulation-based curricula.  In 2017, Dr. Stone received the Seattle Children’s Hospital David Fisher Award for Excellence in Patient Safety. 

Bob Stone

Professor Robert Stone, BSc (Hons), MSc, C.Psychol, AFBPsS, CErgHF, FIEHF Academician (IHEAS, Moscow)


Bob Stone, a Chartered Psychologist and Human Factors specialist and a 30-year veteran of the international Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality community, is Professor of Interactive Multimedia Systems at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team.  Bob established the world’s first industrial VR team at the UK’s National Advanced Robotics Centre, following an appearance on the BBC’s 9 O’Clock News in January, 1993, and for many years was the Scientific Director of a small British VR company.  His early medical Human Factors research led to the development of a world-first keyhole surgical skills VR trainer (MIST), marketed and developed further by Mentice of Sweden.  As a result of this work, Bob became a co-director of the North of England Wolfson Centre for Human-Centred Medical Technologies (1994 to 2005) and sat on a working party on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Joint Committee on Higher Surgical Training (JCHST) investigating the assessment of surgical training and competence (1999-2002) and, in January 2000, passed the Royal College of Surgeons of England Basic Surgical Skills course.  Between 2005 and 2007, Bob was a Human Factors consultant to the US Office of Naval Research-funded Pulse!! Virtual Healthcare Project (collaborating with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi).  In 2003, decided to become an academic with the goal of introducing real-world lessons learned, stakeholder experiences and the importance of “impact” into VR research and teaching.  Today, he works closely with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, researching the use of VR for healthcare restoration and rehabilitation programmes and for the training of future Medical Emergency Response Teams.  Throughout his three decades of involvement, Bob has pioneered the use of VR techniques in many areas of healthcare, from keyhole surgery training to post-operative rehabilitation.  Amongst his many awards, in 2011, Bob was awarded the MoD Chief Scientific Advisor’s Commendation for his contributions to Defence Science & Technology, the highest award given to an individual by that Governmental Department.  In July 2017, Bob and his University team were awarded the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network Innovative Team of the Year Award, in recognition of their achievements in the Virtual healthcare arena.  In March 2018, Bob was awarded the Medical LiveWire Global Award for "Excellence in VR Healthcare Technology”.

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Professor Nick Sevdalis


Professor Bryn Baxendale