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Why did the worlds earliest loop the loop coasters have nurses on permanent standby? Exactly how far do you need to be dropped in the pitch black for it to become terrifying? And why do you (maybe) enjoy it? This talk explores the art and science to creating thrilling adventures in real life, with examples from over the last fifteen years. Join thrill engineer Brendan Walker as he explores everything from the psycho-physiology to the theatrical set design needed to stage these intricate ride experiences.

About the speaker
Professor Brendan Walker is a true polymath. His expertise span art, design, science, technology, and engineering. He has spoken at Tate Modern about his work, hosted the Global Design Forum for Sir John Sorrell, and facilitated sessions for Crafts Council, as well as developing and delivering science and technology Christmas public lecturers. He currently holds the post of Professor of Creative Industries at Middlesex University, and has previously held posts as Deputy Head of Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, and Principal Research Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. Brendan is an entrepreneur, and founder – director of Studio Go Go Limited – a 21st century ride design company supported by Innovate UK. He recently gave the keynote at the inaugural symposium a the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions industry in Florida. He is also founder – director of the Thrill Laboratory, and regularly features in character as ‘the Thrill Engineer’, which included appearances on The One Show, Bang Goes The Theory, Blue Peter and Dick and Dom. He is an experiences public speaker and broadcaster. He presented 3 series for Channel 4 (Titanic The Mission, The House The 50s Built and Terror In The Skies), before joining the BBC Coast team.

This event will be filmed and on the Ri’s YouTube channel within a few months.