Oussama Metatla

I’m an EPSRC Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. I’m part of the Bristol Interaction Group where I currently lead an EPSRC project on designing inclusive education technologies with visually-impaired and sighted children in mainstream schools – the CRITICAL project.

My main field of research is human-computer interaction (HCI), and my academic and research vocation is to explore and demonstrate how HCI as an applied field of inquiry can contribute to building a more inclusive society. I’m particularly interested in exploring the extent to which multisensory and crossmodal interfaces – interfaces that exploit a wider range of the human senses – could be designed to support more inclusive interactions between people through interactive technology.

Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Queen Mary University, and a part-time Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of London in 2011.

The CRITICAL Project

I have been awarded an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship to support my research into inclusion, co-design, crossmodal perception and multisensory interfaces. I am focusing on designing and researching collaborative learning technologies that can improve the inclusion of visually-impaired and blind children when they learn with sighted peers in mainstream schools. Read more here or watch this: