Prof. Alastair Gale

Alastair holds degrees in psychology from Durham University, UK. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist. His research is concerned with human performance, errors and how to minimise these.  He has researched into radiological diagnostic performance for over 40 years.

Alastair is editor of 14 books concerning vision in applied situations, author of over 220 articles in edited books and international scientific journals and over 1,000 confidential research reports. He has organised and chaired some 28 International Scientific Conferences in Europe, Australia and the USA and also presented some 70 invited and keynote papers and over 315 other presentations at scientific meetings. He has won in excess of £7 million in solely authored, plus another £6 million in jointly authored, research grants - mainly from the UK Research Councils, NHS and Industry.

Alastair led the team that developed the ergonomic standards that UK breast screening equipment had to meet as well as devised the UK workforce operator guidelines to minimize musculoskeletal problems during breast screening. In cervical cancer screening he similarly led development of the UK laboratory ergonomic standards to improve cervical cancer detection. His other interests encompass: applied visual search, assistive technology, human performance and performance errors - particularly in image interpretation (medical and security), medication errors, medical informatics, road transportation, picture inspection and ergonomics.