Chalmers was elected a fellow of the Academy of Humanities in 1997. His primary research interest is the philosophy of science andhe is author of the best-selling textbook What Is This Thing Called Science? which has been translated into many languages
His recent work has focused on the real-timesynthesis of high-fidelity images. This research has incorporated psychophysical experiments to quantify the perception of objects in the real-world and the same objectsin the virtual reconstruction of the real scene. He has been working with experts from other disciplines for many years to develop computer-based approaches to enablethe investigation of complex hypotheses concerning, for example the archaeological record, or architectural design, in safe, non-destructive and controlled environments.Alan is also currently developing Real Virtuality: true multi-sensory high-fidelity virtual environments in which all five senses (visuals, audio, feel, smell andtaste) are stimulated in a physically accurate manner to give a user the same perceptual experience as if he/she was actually "there" in the real scene being depicted.