Dr Michael Loizou

Dr Michael Loizou

Associate Professor in Digital Health

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



Teaching interests

Open for PhD supervision in the area of Healthcare Technology (including using AR and VR, AI, Biosensors, and more).


Research interests

A highly qualified professional with over 20 years of experience in both academia and industry, working with the health sector including the NHS. I have experience and led projects in the areas of human machine interaction, digital healthcare, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), serious games / gamification, and using mobile technologies for healthcare and wellbeing. I have also managed and owned companies in different industries for which I led the introduction of novel technologies.

Grants & contracts

BRIDGING - Breakthrough interview extended reality training towards reducing the autism employment gap. Funded by the NIHR
Testing of a Digital App to Support Occupational Therapists in Making Discharge Decisions. Funded by the NIHR 
Enhancing the delivery of mental health care by supporting the wellbeing of the community mental health workforce through Extended Reality (XR) applications. Funded by Innovate UK 
Feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of webbased and mobile PTSD Coach. Funded by N-CODE/EPSRC


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Mathew RK & Mushtaq F (2021) 'Three principles for the progress of immersive technologies in healthcare training and education' BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning , DOI
Arnab S, Walaszczyk L, Lewis M, Kernaghan-Andrews S, Loizou M, Masters A, Calderwood J & Clarke S (2021) 'Designing mini-games as micro-learning resources for professional development in multi-cultural organisations' Electronic Journal of e-Learning 19, (2) 44-58
Costa LV, Veloso AI, Loizou M & Arnab S (2018) 'Games for active ageing, well-being and quality of life: a pilot study' Behaviour & Information Technology 37, (8) 842-854 , DOI
Conference Papers
Qayyum A, Bilal M, Qadir J, Caputo M, Vohra H, Akinosho T, Berrou I, Niyi-Odumosu F, Loizou M & Ajayi A (2023) 'SegCrop: Segmentation-based Dynamic Cropping of Endoscopic Videos to Address Label Leakage in Surgical Tool Detection' 2023 IEEE 20th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) 4-/-0/20234-/-0/2023IEEE , DOI
Costa LV, Veloso AI, Sousa L, Loizou M & Arnab S (2021) 'Older Adults “Jump” into coDesiging a Digital Game: A Field Study' Springer International Publishing 88-99 , DOI
(2020) 'Designing Mini-Games for Micro-Learning: Open Educational Resources on Cultural Risks in Multi-Cultural Organisations' 13th EuropeanConference on Game Based Learning ACI , DOI
Costa LV, Veloso AI, Arnab S, Loizou M, Tomlins R & Sukumar A (2019) 'Scaffolding in Indoor and Outdoor Mobility a Wearable and Mobile Application for Senior Tourism in a Playable City' 2019 14th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (CISTI) 6-/-0/20196-/-0/2019IEEE , DOI
Stefan A, Baalsrud hauge J, Stefan IA, Calderwood J, Loizou M, Arnab S & Beaufoy J (2019) 'STORY-ORIENTED LEARNING' eLSE 2019 4-/-0/20194-/-0/2019Carol I National Defence University Publishing House , DOI
Costa LV, Veloso AI, Loizou M & Arnab S (2018) 'Breaking barriers to game-based learning for active ageing and healthy lifestyles A qualitative interview study with experts in the field' 2018 IEEE 6th International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health (SeGAH) 5-/-0/20185-/-0/2018IEEE , DOI
?tefan IA, ?tefan A, Gheorghe AF, Yanez P, Loizou M, Arnab S & Beaufoy J (2018) 'Blending context-aware challenges into learning environments' 634-642
Restituyo CA, Loizides F, Yang S, Weir K, Worrallo A, Hartley T, Souleles N & Loizou M (2017) 'Presenting and Investigating the Efficacy of an Educational Interactive Mobile Application for British Sign Language Using Hand Gesture Detection Techniques' mLearn 2017: 16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning ACM , DOI
Loizides F, Naughton L, Wilson P, Loizou M, Yang S, Hartley T, Worrallo A & Zaphiris P (2017) 'Interactive Reading Using Low Cost Brain Computer Interfaces' Springer International Publishing 450-454 , DOI
Nicolaou P, Loizou M & Loizides F (2016) 'Stroke Event Simulator Using Virtual Reality' 2016 8th International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications (VS-Games) 9-/-0/20169-/-0/2016IEEE , DOI
Elliman J, Loizou M & Loizides F (2016) 'Virtual Reality Simulation Training for Student Nurse Education' 2016 8th International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications (VS-Games) 9-/-0/20169-/-0/2016IEEE , DOI
Loizou M, Hartley T, Slater S, Newman R & Pannese L (2012) 'Emotions for intelligent agents in crisis management simulations: A survey' 2012 17th International Conference on Computer Games: AI, Animation, Mobile, Interactive Multimedia, Educational & Serious Games (CGAMES) 7-/-0/20128-/-0/2012IEEE , DOI