News: I am excited to share that I’ve been awarded an ERC Consolidator grant. The grant will fund an interdisciplinary team for 5 years to research inclusive technologies for the early cognitive and social development of blind and sighted children. I will soon be recruiting for postdoctoral and PhD positions in the areas of fabrication, multisensory interaction, crossmodal cognition and design. So watch this space, or get in touch for a chat if this sounds interesting to you!
I am a Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction and EPSRC Fellow at the University of Bristol. I’m Co-Head of the Bristol Interaction Group and I lead the Diverse-Ability Interaction Lab. (aka BIG::Access Lab)
My field of research is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), my team and I investigate how HCI as an applied field of inquiry can contribute to making human society more inclusive of disabled people. We start from the premises that a) an inclusive future is not only desirable but one that should be actively designed, b) that disabled people must be actively involved in co-designing it, and c) that bias toward the visual modality in traditional HCI paradigms, e.g. GUI, WIMP, is a detriment to inclusion because they overlook the richness and diversity of human abilities and experiences.
We are particularly interested in exploring how insights and principles from multisensory interaction, crossmodal perception and embodied cognition could be used to design more inclusive interactions between disabled and non-disabled people. We use a mixed-methods approach in our research, combining theory with field work, co-design, and controlled studies and evaluation.
Ongoing projects and research interests include:
- Inclusive technologies for blind and visually-impaired children
- Hybrid technologies for people with and without dementia
- Social play technologies for autistic and non-autistic children
- Virtual & Augmented reality and inclusive social interaction for people with limb difference
- Crossmodal perception applications in HCI and HRI
- Accessibility and Assistive Technology.
- Child-Computer Interaction
- Co-design, particularly with diverse-ability groups
- Quantitative approaches to embodied interaction
The CRITICAL Project
Between 2016 and 2021, I held a 5-years EPSRC Early Career Fellowship which supported my research into inclusion, co-design, crossmodal perception and multisensory interaction. In this fellowship, I focused on ways of applying the above principles to design and research education technologies that can improve the inclusion of visually-impaired children when they learn alongside their sighted peers in mainstream schools.
Check out our growing consortium on inclusive education technologies here
Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher on two EPSRC projects at Queen Mary University and I received my PhD in HCI from the University of London in 2011.