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Dr. Gerard Lacey
Associate Professor, Computer Science

Biography

Dr. Lacey has a track record in award winning innovation and commercialisation of robotics and interactive systems in the healthcare domain with technical contributions in Image Processing, Robotics and Human-Computer Interaction.

Dr Lacey has a strong track record in the commercialisation of research. He is the holder of 5 granted patents and has been co-founder of two university spin off companies raising over €4 Million in venture funding: In 2000 he founded Haptica to commercialise the PAM-AID mobile robot and subsequently developed the ProMIS Augmented Reality surgical training system. Haptica was sold to CAE medical in 2011. In 2010 he cofounded SureWash to commercialise commuter vision based hand hygiene training and assessment systems for hospitals and food service. The SureWash system implements the World Health Organisation (WHO) hand hygiene protocol and is used in hospitals all over the world.

Dr Lacey's main research area is sensor driven human-machine interaction. The best know has been a novel robotic walking frame for the elderly. His publications on this research has been cited over 600 times, have won several best paper awards, featured on Tomorrows World (1999) and New Scientist(1999). His main research topics are Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, and Robotics with applications to improving the delivery of healthcare in endoscopy, infection control and surgical skills. In his academic carrier he has won two major EU research Projects and over 10 Enterprise Ireland Projects raising in excess of €2.5 Million over his research career to date.

His has been a reviewer for Enterprise Ireland 1999-2002, on the scientific review panel for SIRS, IROS, IMVIP, EAAI, RESNA, and reviewed papers for IEEE Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, International Journal of Robotics Research and Medical Education. He has been a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Field and Space Robotics Lab (1999) and the University of Edinburgh, Dept of AI (1995).

From 2012 to 2015 Dr Lacey was appointed Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation in Trinity College Dublin. In this role he setup the Commercial Revenue Unit (CRU) in 2014 which has contributed €40M to college by 2016 . He also developed the framework to formalise the management of all capital projects in the college and is currently sponsor of the Trinity Business School Project, a 13,000 msq. building which is due to open in May 2019.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gerard Lacey, Jiang Zhou, Xuchun Li, Christine Craven, Chris Gush, The impact of automatic video auditing with real-time feedback on the quality and quantity of handwash events in a hospital setting, American journal of infection control, 48, (2), 2020, p162 - 166 Journal Article, 2020 DOI TARA - Full Text

Fitzpatrick, F., Doherty, A. & Lacey, G, Using Artificial Intelligence in Infection Prevention, Current Treatment Options in Infectious Diseases (2020), 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Gerard Lacey, Mary Showstark, James Van Rhee, Training to Proficiency in the WHO Hand Hygiene Technique, Journal of medical education and curricular development, 6, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text DOI

J Bhattacharya, P Ridgway, G Lacey, Measuring surgical knot tying with 3D vision and VR gloves, 21st Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing conference, Technical University Dublin, Aug 28-30 2019, 2019, pp155 - 164 Conference Paper, 2019 TARA - Full Text

Sean Bruton, Gerard Lacey, Recognising Actions for Instructional Training using Pose Information: A Comparative Evaluation., 14th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications., Prague, Czech Republic, 25-27 Feb 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019 TARA - Full Text

Gary Thirkell, Joanne Chambers, Wayne Gilbart, Kerrill Thornhill, James Arbogast, Gerard Lacey, Pilot study of digital tools to support multimodal hand hygiene in a clinical setting, American journal of infection control, 46, (3), 2018, p261 - 265 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Gerard Lacey, Michael Corr, Helga Morrow, Ann McQueen, Fiona Cameron, Chris Connolly, The Impact of Structured Incentives on the Adoption of a Serious Game for Hand Hygiene Training in a Hospital Setting., Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Next Med / Medicine meets Virtual Reality, Los Angles, CA, USA, April 7 - 9, 2016, edited by Westwood, J.D., Westwood, S.W., Felländer-Tsai, L., Fidopiastis, C.M., Liu, A., Senger, S., Vosburgh, K.G. , 220, IOS Press, 2016, pp179 - 184 Conference Paper, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

(ed.), IRISH MACHINE VISION & IMAGE PROCESSING Conference proceedings 2015, Irish Pattern Recognition & Classification Society (ISBN 978-0-9934207-0-2), 2015, 1 - 139 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2015 Other Handle TARA - Full Text

Baiqiang Xia, Rozenn Dahyot, Jonathan Ruttle, Darren Caulfield, Gerard Lacey, Hand Hygiene Poses Recognition with RGB-D Videos, Proceedings of Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference (IMVIP 2016), 2015 Conference Paper, 2015 Handle

Sofiane Yous, Peter Redmond, Gerard Lacey, 'Method and system for recovery of 3D scene structure and camera motion from a video sequence', USPTO, US9196054B2, 2015, Trinity College Dublin Patent, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text

Stewardson AJ, Iten A, Camus V, Gayet-Ageron A, Caulfield D, Lacey G, Pittet D, Efficacy of a new educational tool to improve Handrubbing technique amongst healthcare workers: a controlled, before-after study., PloS one, 9, (9), 2014, pe105866 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Gerard Lacey, Donncha Mary Ryan, Derek Cassidy, John Griffin, Laurence Griffin , 'Method and system for generating a surgical training module', USPTO, US8924334B2, 2014, CAE Healthcare Canada Inc Patent, 2014 URL

Jorge Bernal, F Javier Sánchez, Fernando Vilarino, Mirko Arnold, Anarta Ghosh, Gerard Lacey, Experts vs. novices: applying eye-tracking methodologies in colonoscopy video screening for polyp search, Proceedings of the Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications, Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA), Safety Harbor, Florida, USA, March 26-28, edited by Pernilla Qvarfordt, Dan Witzner Hansen , ACM, 2014, pp223 - 226 Conference Paper, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Bernal, J., Sánchez, F.J., Vilariño, F., Arnold, M., Ghosh, A., Lacey, G., Experts vs. novices: Applying eye-tracking methodologies in colonoscopy video screening for polyp search, Eye Tracking Research and Applications Symposium (ETRA), 2014, p223-226 Journal Article, 2014

Cahill, J., Redmond, P., Yous, S., Lacey, G., Butler, W., The design of a collision avoidance system for use by Pilots operating on the airport ramp and in taxiway areas, Cognition, Technology and Work, 15, (2), 2013, p219-238 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Anarta Ghosh, Stefan Ameling, Jiang Zhou, Gerard Lacey, Eilish Creamer, Anthony Dolan, Orla Sherlock, Hilary Humphreys, Pilot evaluation of a ward-based automated hand hygiene training system, American journal of infection control, 41, (4), 2013, p368 - 370 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Arnold, M., Ghosh, A., Doherty, G., Mulcahy, H., Steele, C., Patchett, S., Lacey, G., Towards automatic Direct Observation of Procedure and Skill (DOPS) in colonoscopy, VISAPP 2013 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications, 2, 2013, p48-53 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Čurn, J. , Marinescu, D. , Lacey, G. , Cahill, V, Estimation with non-white Gaussian observation noise using a generalised ENSEMBLE KALMAN filter , 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensors Environments, ROSE 2012 - Proceedings, 10th IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensors Environments, ROSE, Magdeburg; Germany, 16-18 Nov, 2012, pp85-90 Conference Paper, 2012 DOI

Gerard Lacey and David Fernandez Llorca, 'A hand washing monitoring system', USPTO, EP2015665, 2012, TCD Patent, 2012

A. Ghosh, G. Lacey, C. Gush, S. Barnes, The impact of real-time computerized video analysis and feedback on hand hygiene practice and technique on a surgical ward, International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control, Geneva, 29 June- 2 July 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011 DOI

Stefan Ameling, Johnson Li, Jiang Zhou, Anarta Ghosh, Gerard Lacey, Eilish Creamer, Hilary Humphreys, A Vision-Based System for Hand Washing Quality Asessment with Real-Time Feedback, he Eighth IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, Innsbruck, Austria, February 12-18, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011 DOI

S. Ameling, G. Ó Fearghaíl, S. Álvarez, G. Lacey, DESIGN OF AUTOMATED TRAINING AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR ALCOHOL-BASED HAND RUB SURGICAL HAND PREPARATION, International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control, Geneva, 29 June- 2 July 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011 DOI

I. Parra, D Fernandez, M.A. Sotelo, M. Marrón, M. Gavilán, G. Lacey,, A vision-based system for automatic hand washing quality assessment, Machine Vision and Applications, 22, (2), 2011, p219 - 234 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Mirko Arnold, Anarta Ghosh, Stefan Ameling, and Gerard Lacey, Automatic Segmentation and Inpainting of Specular Highlights for Endoscopic Imaging, EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing, 2010, 2010, p12 Journal Article, 2010 DOI TARA - Full Text

Li J, Kavanagh P, Lacey G, Creamer E, Dolan A, Sherlock O, Deirdre Fitzgerald-Hughes, Shore A, Sullivan D, Kinnevey P. Rossney AS, Cunney R, Coleman D, Humphreys H, An evaluation on the use of a video system to improve the quality of hand hygiene practice , 5th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare Acquired Infections, Atlanta, March 2010, 2010 Poster, 2010

Kenneth Dawson-Howe, Rozenn Dahyot, Anil Kokaram, Gerard Lacey(ed.), Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference 2009, Proceedings, 13th International Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, (IMVIP '09) , Trinity College Dublin, Sept 2nd-4th, 2009, IEEE , 2009, 1-170 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2009 DOI URL

Fernando Vilariño, Stephan Ameling, Gerard Lacey, Anarta Ghosh, Stephen Patchett, Hugh Mulcahy, Eye tracking search patterns in expert and trainee colonoscopists: A novel method of assessing endoscopic competency?, Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2009, Chicago, USA, May 30 - June 4, 2009, pp1 - 2 Conference Paper, 2009 DOI

Mirko Arnold, Anarta Ghosh , Stephen Patchett, Hugh Mulcahy, Gerard Lacey, Indistinct Frame Detection in Colonoscopy Videos, 13th IMVIP conference, Dublin, 2009, pp47 - 52 Conference Paper, 2009 DOI

Fernando Vilarino and Gerard Lacey, QUALITY ASSESSMENT IN COLONOSCOPY New challenges through computer vision-based systems , 3rd International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, Porto, Portugal, January 2009, 2009, pp1 - 2 Conference Paper, 2009 DOI

Stefan Ameling, Stephan Wirth, Dietrich Paulus, Gerard Lacey, Fernando Vilarino, Texture-based Polyp Detection in Colonoscopy , BILDVERARBEITUNG FÜR DIE MEDIZIN 2009, Heidelberg, 22. - 25. March 2009, 2009, pp1 - 2 Conference Paper, 2009 DOI

Gerard Lacey and Fernando Vilariño , 'A sytem and method for measuring quality in Colonoscopy ', USPTO, 2008, TCD Patent, 2008

Padraig Curran, John Buckley, Brendan O'Flynn, Xuchun Li, Jiang Zhou, Gerard Lacey, S Cian O'Mathuna, VAMP-a vision based sensor network for health care hygiene, 14th Nordic-Baltic Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008, pp485 - 488 Conference Paper, 2008 TARA - Full Text

Gerard Lacey and Diego Rodriguez-Losada, The Evolution of Guido, IEEE Robotics and Automation , Vol 15, (No 4), 2008, p75 - 83 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Rozenn Dahyot, Fernando Vilariño, and Gerard Lacey, Improving the Quality of Color Colonoscopy Videos, EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing , Volume 2008, (Article ID 139429), 2008, p7 pages Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Fernando Vilarino, Gerard Lacey, Eye-tracking for efficient database labelling: Applications to automatic analysis of colonoscopy video, Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007 DOI TARA - Full Text

I Parra, D Fernandez, MA Sotelo, M Marron, M Gavilan, G Lacey, Tracking using Particle and Kalman Filters in Hand Washing Quality Assessment System, Intelligent Signal Processing, 3-5 October, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007 DOI

Fernando Vilariño, Gerard Lacey, Jiang Zhou, Hugh Mulcahy and Stephen Patchett, Automatic Labeling of Colonoscopy Video for Cancer Detection, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Third Iberian Conference, IbPRIA 2007, Girona, Spain,, June 6-8, 2007, 4477/2007, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2007, pp290 - 297 Conference Paper, 2007 DOI

Lacey, Gerard; Ryan, Donncha; Cassidy, Derek; Young, Derek: , Mixed-Reality Simulation of Minimally Invasive Surgeries, , IEEE Multimedia, 14, (4), 2007, p76 - 87 Journal Article, 2007 URL DOI

D.F. Llorca, F. Vilarino, Z. Zhou and G. Lacey, A multi-class SVM classifier ensemble for automatic hand washing quality assessment, British Machine Vision Conference, Warwick, September 2007, 2007, pp10 pages Conference Paper, 2007 TARA - Full Text DOI

N. Rea, G. Lacey, C. Lambe and R. Dahyot, Multimodal Periodicity Analysis for Illicit Content Detection in Videos, European Conference on Visual Media Production (IET CVMP), London, November, 2006, pp106 - 114 Conference Paper, 2006 DOI

Diego Rodriguez-Losada, Fernando Matia, Agustin Jimenez, Gerard Lacey, Guido, the Robotic SmartWalker for the frail visually impaired, First International Conference on Domotics, Robotics and Remote Assitence for All-DRT4all, 2005, pp153 - 167 Conference Paper, 2005 TARA - Full Text

Rodriguez-Losada, D.; Matia, F; Jimenez, A;Galan, A.R.; Lacey, G, Implementing Map Based Navigation in Guido, the Robotic SmartWalker, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Barcelona, Spain, 2004, 2005, pp3401 - 3406 Conference Paper, 2005 DOI

Gerard Lacey, Derek Young, Derek Cassidy, Fiona Slevin and Donncha Ryan, Augmented Reality Interface for Laparoscopic Skills Training, Society of American Gastrointensitnal endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Florida USA, April 13-16 2005, 2005 Poster, 2005

Gerard Lacey, Shane Mac Namara, 'Method and System for Guiding a Vehicle', USPTO, 6892134, 2005, Haptica Ltd Patent, 2005 TARA - Full Text

Gerard Lacey, Derek Young, Derek Cassidy, Fiona Slevin and Donncha Ryan, 'Surgical Training Simulator', CIPO , CA2484586C, 2002, Haptica Ltd Patent, 2002

Communicating Robots in a Healthcare in, Mobile Robotics in Healthcare, Amsterdam, IOS Press, 2001, pp211 - 226, [Fergal O'HART, Richard GREENANE, Gerard LACEY, Darren WENN] Book Chapter, 2001

Mobile Robotics and Automation in Healthcare and Rehabilitation in, editor(s)Nikos Katevas , Mobile Robotics in Healthcare, Amsterdam, IOS Press, 2001, pp73 - 100, [N. Katevas, W. Harwin, H. Heck, M.J. Aldon, U. Borgolte, G. Lacey, E. Peruchon, A. Prentza, J. Kontoulis ] Book Chapter, 2001

G Lacey, F Slevin, Putting the user at the centre of the design process, International Conference on Technology and Aging, 2001, pp12 - 14 Conference Paper, 2001

Human-Machine-Interfacing for Control in Healthcare Robotics in, editor(s)Nikos Katevas , Mobile Robotics in Healthcare, Amsterdam, IOS Press, 2001, pp45 - 71, [H. Heck, G. Lacey, A. Prentza, E. Peruchon, P. Rabischong ] Book Chapter, 2001

User Requirements for Robotics in healthcare and rehabilitiation in, editor(s)Nikos Katevas , Mobile Robotics in Healthcare, Amsterdam, IOS Press, 2001, pp17 - 44, [H. Heck, A. Prentza, E. Peruchon, N. Katevas, G. Lacey ] Book Chapter, 2001

Shane MacNamara and Gerard Lacey, A Smart Walker for the frail visually impaired, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, San Francisco, USA, April, 2000, pp1354 - 1359 Conference Paper, 2000 DOI

Luis Miguel Bergasa, Nikla Duffy, Gerard Lacey, Manuel Mazo, Industrial Inspection using Gaussian functions in a colour space, Image and Vision Computing, 18, (12), 2000, p951 - 957 Journal Article, 2000 DOI

Gerard Lacey, Shane MacNamara, Context-aware shared control of a robot mobility aid for the elderly blind, The International Journal of Robotics Research, 19, (11), 2000, p1054 - 1065 Journal Article, 2000 DOI

Gerard Lacey, Shane Mac Namara, User Involvement in the design and evaluation of a smart mobility aid, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 37, (6), 2000 Journal Article, 2000 URL

Nikla Duffy, Janes L. Crowley and Gerard Lacey, Object Detection using Colour, International Conference on Patteren Recognition, Barcelona, Spain, September, 2000, pp1700 - 1703 Conference Paper, 2000 DOI

Niall Winters, Jose Gaspar, Gerard Lacey and Jose Santos-Victor, Omni-Directional Vision for Robot Navigation, IEEE Workshop on Omnidirectional Vision at CVPR 2000, Hilton Head, USA, 2000 Conference Paper, 2000 DOI

AM O'Neill, H Petrie, B Gallagher, H Hunter, G Lacey, N Katevas, Initial evaluations of a robot mobility aid for frail and elderly visually impaired persons, Assistive Technology on the Threshold of the new millennium, European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology, Dusseldorf , Germany, 1 November , edited by Buhler, C, Knops, H. , IOS Press, 1999, pp352 - 356 Conference Paper, 1999 Handle

Shane MacNamara and Gerard Lacey, PAMAID: a passive robot for frail visually impaired people, Proc. RESNA annual conference, June, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999 URL

Gerard Lacey and Shane MacNamara, Helen Petrie, Heather Hunter, Marianne Karlsson, Nikos Katevas and Jan Rundenschold, Development of a mobile robot walking aid for the frail visually impaired, Proc. RESNA annual conference, June, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999 URL

Paddy Nixon, Gerard Lacey and Simon Dobson(ed.), Managing interactions in smart environments, Dublin Ireland, Springer-Verlag, 1999, 250 p Proceedings of a Conference, 1999

Gerard Lacey, Adaptive Shared Control of a Robot Mobility Aid, Field and Service Robotics, Proc. Field and Service Robotics (FSR), August, Springer, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999 DOI

Gerard Lacey and Shane MacNamara, Adaptive Control of a mobile robot for the frail visually impaired, Proc. Intl. Conf. On Rehab. Robotics (ICORR), July, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999

Gerard Lacey, Personal Adaptive Mobility Aid for the Frail Visually Impaired, Trinity College Dublin, 1999 Thesis, 1999

Shane MacNamara and Gerard Lacey, A robotic walking aid for frail visually impaired people, Proc. Intl. Conf. On Rehab Robotics (ICORR), July, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999 URL

Personal Adaptive Mobility Aid for the frail and elderly blind in, Vibhu Mittal, Holly Yanco, John Aronis and Richard Simpson , Lecture Notes in AI 1458: Assistive Technology and Artificial Intelligence, Springer, 1998, [Gerard Lacey, Shane Mac Namara and Kenneth M Dawson-Howe] Book Chapter, 1998

Nicola Duffy & Gerard Lacey, Colour Profiling Using Multiple Colour Spaces, British Machine Vision Conference, Southampton, September, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

Robert Mc Grath and Gerard Lacey, Wavelet Filters to Improve Image Segmentation, Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, Maynooth, September, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

Niall Winters and Gerard Lacey, Overview of Omni-directional vision for use with a Teleoperated Mobile Robot, Proceedings of CVMR'98, Santorini, Greece, September, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

Gerard Lacey and Kenneth M Dawson-Howe, The Application of robotics to a mobility aid for the elderly blind, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 23, 1998, p245 - 252 Journal Article, 1998 DOI

Fergal O'Hart, Grant T. Foster, Gerard Lacey & Nikos Katevas, A Structure for the Integration of multiple Mobile Robots within Healthcare Environments, CVMR'98 Computer Vision & Mobile Robotics Workshop, Santorini, Greece, Sept. 17-18, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

A-M. O'Neill, H. Petrie, G. Lacey, N. Katevas, M-A Karlsson, P. Engelbrektsson, B. Gallagher, H. Hunter and D. Zoldan, Establishing Initial User Requirements for PAM-AID: a Mobility and Support Device to Assist Frail and Elderly visually Impaired Persons, Proceedings of the Third TIDE Congress. Improving Quality of Life for the European Citizen: Technology for inclusive design and equality, IOS Press, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

Paddy Nixon, Gerard Lacey, Mark Dennehy and Tim Walsh, VCR - A Virtually Controlled Robot System, Field and Service Robotics, Canberra, December, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Gerard Lacey, Wolfram Humann and Nikos Katevas, User Interfaces for Robot Mobility Aids, Proceedings of the Field and Service Robotics Conference, Canberra, December, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Nikla Duffy and Gerard Lacey, Colour Profiling, Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, Derry, September, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Gerard Lacey and Kenneth M Dawson-Howe, Evaluation of a Robot Mobility Aid for the Elderly Blind, Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Intelligent Robotic Systems, Stockholm, Sweden, July, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Gerard Lacey and Kenneth M Dawson-Howe, Personal Adaptive Mobility Aid for the frail and elderly blind, AAAI Fall Symposium, Developing Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities, Boston, November, 1996 Conference Paper, 1996

Gerard Lacey and Kenneth M Dawson-Howe, Autonomous Guide for the Blind, TIDE 2nd Congress, Paris, April, 1995 Conference Paper, 1995

R. Waldron and G. Lacey, VERBONDS: Multi-Sensor Bond Verification System, June, Springer-Verlag, 1994 Conference Paper, 1994

Bill Smart, Gerard Lacey and Kenneth M. Dawson-Howe, Development of a Behaviour-Based Mobile Robot, SMART network workshop Ispra, Italy, March, 1994 Conference Paper, 1994

R. Waldron and G. Lacey, Multi-sensor fusion to provide quantitative process characterisation, 93, 1993, pp261 - 265 Conference Paper, 1993

G. Lacey. and R. Waldron, Flexible multi-sensor inspection system for solder joint analysis, SPIE Conference No. 2064, Machine Vision Applications, Architectures and Systems Integration II, September, 1993 Conference Paper, 1993

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sergio Álvarez, David F. Llorca, Gerard Lacey, Stefan Ameling, Spatial Hand Segmentation Using Skin Colour and Background Subtraction, TCD-CS-2010-35, Dublin , Trinity College Dublin's Computer Science Technical Report, November, 2010 Report, 2010 URL

Gerard Lacey, SureWash, 2010 Campus Company, 2010 URL

R Dahyot, G Lacey, Restoration of colour channel misalignments in colonoscopy videos, TCD-CS-2007-27., Dublin Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, 2007, 7 Report, 2007 URL TARA - Full Text

Gerard Lacey, Derek Young, Derek Cassidy, Fiona Slevin and Donncha Ryan, Augmeted reality interface for laparoscopic skills training, Gaming and Simulation based Learning applications for Medicine, Long Beach, USA, January, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Gerard Lacey, Haptica, 2000 Campus Company, 2000

Derek Cassidy, Gerard Lacey, The Design and Implementation of Lego Volleyball Robots., TCD-CS-1999-53, Dublin Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, 1999, 14 Report, 1999 TARA - Full Text URL

Shane MacNamara and Gerard Lacey, development of a mobile robot walking aid for the frail visually impaired, BioEngineering in Ireland 5, Blessington, Ireland, January, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, 1999 Conference Paper, 1999

Gerard Lacey, Kenneth M Dawson-Howe and David Vernon, Personal Autonomous Mobility Aid for the frail and elderly blind, TCD-CS-95-18, TCD, 1995 Report, 1995 URL

Research Expertise

Description

My key research areas are Augmented Reality(AR) and Robotics for field and service applications. Augmented Reality: This research is focused on real-time analysis the images and augmenting these images with additional information to assist in clinical decision making or skills assessment. The main areas of research have been endoscopy images (Endodex). This work also covers studying the human factors and implementation science for these applications. Mobile Service Robotics: this work focuses on augmenting existing devices with advanced robotics technology to make these devices smarter. These devices typically have shared control with humans operators and therefore the relationship to the human is a critical element of the control interface. Examples include Robot Mobility Aids for the frail blind (PAM-AID), Aircraft ground collision avoidance (WingWatch). Gesture Recognition: The recognition of fast bimanual hand gestures, using 2D and 3D cameras, is an important interface mechanism for hands-busy, eyes-busy tasks. It is also important for developing tools for objective training and assessment of the many basic clinical skills in healthcare such as hand hygiene (SureWash), surgical skills (ProMIS) and other skills that are assessed via Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs). Serious games: Games techniques are often useful delivering training and assessing competence. My research has led to the generation of two "Serious Games" mobile phone apps for infection control: "Handy MD" and "SureWash Pocket".

Projects

  • Title
    • VAMP Vision system for ambient monitoring applications
  • Summary
    • The primary of the project was to measure human hand motion so as to monitor hand hygiene in both food preparation and hospitals. The project was supported via a series of Enterprise Ireland research grants and resulted in a granted patent and a Spinout Company SureWash.
  • Funding Agency
    • Enterprise Ireland
  • Date From
    • 2006
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • WingWatch - Image based obstacle detection and collision warning system for aircraft ground handling
  • Summary
    • This project developed an obstacle detection and collision warning system aimed at allowing large vehicles such as aircraft to manoeuvre safely on the ground. The project was a spin-in, of work done by Aer Lingus Pilot Willie Butler. The research developed and patented a 3D mapping technology that was licensed to Esterline.
  • Funding Agency
    • Enterprise Ireland
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2011
  • Title
    • Endodex - Computer Aided Decision Support to improve the quality of endoscopy screening
  • Summary
    • This project was supported via a series of grants that aimed to deliver technology to measure the quality of an endoscopy screening and detect potentially cancerous lesions. The research examined the current performance of endoscopists via eye-tracking studies, developed image processing techniques to improve endoscopy imaging and developed sensor systems to measure screening quality and provide real-time feedback to endoscopists. The project formed a start-up venture as part of the NDRC but it was decided that this company was not commercially viable in the longer term.
  • Funding Agency
    • Enterprise Ireland
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • PAM-AID
  • Summary
    • The PAM-AID project (Personal Adaptive Mobility Aid) ran in TCD Computer Science from 1994-2000. Its aim was to develop a mobility aid for people who are both frail and visually impaired. The project has been supported by multiple grants the Trinity Foundation, the National Rehabilitation Board, The EU Telematics Applications Programme and the EU Marie Curie HCM programme. PAM-AID was commercialised by TCD spinout Haptica.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity Foundation, the National Rehabilitation Board, EU
  • Date From
    • 1994
  • Date To
    • 2000

Keywords

Augmented Reality; Computer vision and robotics; Decision Making in Uncertainty; Human computer interactions

Recognition

Awards and Honours

National Rehabilitation Board Scholarship 1995

Rehab Engineering Soc. Of North America Design Prize 1999

Campus Company Development Award 2001

EU Information Society Technology (IST) prize winner 2004

Soc. Laparoscopic Surgeons (SLS) Innovation of the Year 2004

Irish Software Association, Technical Innovation Award 2004

Trinity College Fellowship 2008

Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Award 2010

Trinity College Innovation Award 2011

Memberships

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Computer Society