VERS AssociateVirtual Environments for Real Society
CDS Clinic for Dissociative Studies
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7794 1655
2000 - 2002, Partner in EC IST project
Achieving global Sustainability through Substitutive Information Society Technologies
1998 - 2000, Partner in EC ACTS project ASIS, Alliance for a Sustainable Information Society, ASIS Brochure, Feb 99, Correspondent for the Working Group on "Homes and Workplaces of the Future"
1997 - 1999, Chair of ACTS "Chain" of 15 projects in
"Telepresence and Shared Virtual Environments"
1995 - 1999, Project Manager for EC ACTS project RESOLV - REconstruction using Scanned Laser and Video, Virtual reality copies of real locations, RESOLV Brochure, Sept 1998
1995 - 1998, Project Manager for EC ACTS project CICC - Collaborative Integrated Communication in Construction, Many explorations including of video conferences between construction site and architects offices, a "google streetview" of factories for sharing expertise between factories in different countries and a "Facebook" social networking demonstration.
1993 - 1996, Partner - EPSRC - DTI CSCW Project VirtuOsi
Explored applications of shared virtual environments for business and industry. Partners included Lancaster University, Nottingham University, GPT, BT Labs, and Division as well as Balfour Beatty/BICC
1992 - 1995 Member - EC RACE II project BRICC - BRoadband Integrated Communications for Construction.The BRICC project evaluated the use of emerging communications services in the construction sector. One of the concepts explored was the MultiMedia Hard Hat. Development continued in the MICC project.
1988 - 1992 Member - RACE I project DIMUN - Distributed Integrated Manufacturing Using Networks. Demonstration of the use of a virtual meeting room metaphor to support multimedia communications across all members of a distributed manufacturing enterprise, including factory shop floor staff.
From a Psycho History to a Sane Future, International Psychohistorical Association, 27th Annual Convention , New York, June 2004, revised July 2006
The Immaterialisation of Aspirations: Towards the Caring Society, ASSIST presentation at "e-Work and e-Business", Venice, Nov 2001
Collaboration and Shared Virtual Environments - from Metaphor to Reality Presented at Joint European Commission/National Science Foundation Workshop on "Human-Centred Computing, Online Communities and Virtual Environments", Chateau de Bonas, 1-4 June 1999
Virtual Presence Collaborative Integrated Communications for Construction Presented at "Work Nouveau" session of IST 98, "Living and Working in the Information Society" Vienna, 30 Nov-2 Dec 1998
The Cycle of Social Interaction as a Framework for Immaterialising Social Interaction Satisfiers ASSIST Project Sept 2001
Editorial for Special Issue on Telework and Sustainable Development, European Journal of Telework, Winter 2000
Homes and Workplaces of the Future: the Immaterialisation of Aspirations ASIS presentation, FAW, Ulm, October 1999
From Telepresence and Shared Virtual Environments to a Sustainable Information Society, 1998
ACTS project ASIS, 1998 - ASIS Homes and Workplaces Action Group
Inner Space - the Final Frontier Keynote speech at conference "From Desktop to Webtop", Bradford, April 1997
Retreat from Reality (not my title!), On-Line Guardian Article, March 1997
A Virtual Environment to support Multimedia Networking Adapted from a talk at Unicom Seminar on Collaborative Work, July1993
David Leevers, CEng, MIET, Curriculum Vitae
I graduated in physics from Cambridge University 1964 and then spent 8 years with GEC Computers leading the team that developed the first European interactive graphics CAD system for printed circuit board design. In that time I spent a year at Imperial College modelling self-organising processes in embryo development and then adapted the algorithms for laying out components inside computers.
The 1970’s were spent on design, consultancy and software management in telecommunications. This included 2 years with the ITT Europe Technical Centre and 3 years at PA Management Consultants on technology forecasting for new communications services. The decade culminated in inventing a combined telephone, personal organiser and "internet" (Prestel) terminal, the STC Executel - the first “Smart Phone” to reach the market, albeit desktop in size.
In 1984 I joined BICC (Balfour Beatty) to lead the development of a wide range of communications and video systems. These included “Home of the Future” forecasting, introducing the concept of a Virtual Meeting Room as a successor to the Macintosh Desktop metaphor and demonstrating the benefits of a collaborative culture across all participants in manufacturing and construction organisations.
In the 1990’s, I led two EC funded research projects that explored the potential of networked virtual environments to support distributed collaboration: RESOLV (Reconstruction using Laser and Video, 3D copied of the surroundings using a laser rangefinder and camera), CICC (Collaborative Integrated Communications for Construction), and participated in a parallel project - MICC (Mobile Integrated Communications for Construction). This decade's inventions included a MultiMedia HardHat that allowed site workers to participate in distributed video conferences, A "Communications Container" that supported the new services on construction sites, social networking for staff spread across many countries and a predecessor of Google Streetview that allowed remote staff to virtually wander round construction sites such as the Bluewater retail park
In 1998 I set up my own consultancy, VERS, Virtual Environments for Real Society, reflecting the fact that my work was of much wider relevance than the construction and manufacturing activities of one company.
I then contributed to ACTS project ASIS, Alliance for a Sustainable Information Society. This explored how the ubiquitous multimedia information environments that had been prototyped in the above projects could contribute to reducing non-renewable material needs and building a fairer, more fulfilling and more sustainable global society
I was a partner in IST, Information and Communications Technologies, project ASSIST, Achieving a Sustainable Society through Information Society Technologies 2000-02. This project identified how higher level human needs are satisfied in the western consumer society of today, and explored how switching from material-intensive to IST intensive satisfiers can contribute to both global sustainability and a higher quality for life for all.
I am now the Social Systems Consultant at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in London. The short term task is to explore the use of Information and Communications Technologies in supporting therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder. The long term research is exploring how globalisation is affecting attachment processes, belief systems and collaboration skills. My most recent paper proposes a unified perspective for the long term effects of abuse and neglect in early and middle childhood.