Oussama Metatla

I am 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 and for visually-impaired and sighted children – 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 making human society more inclusive of people with disabilities.  I start from the premises that a) an inclusive future is desirable and one that should be actively designed, b) that people with disabilities should be included in actively 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 ignore and compromise the richness and diversity of human sensory abilities and experiences. I am particularly interested in exploring how insights and principles from multisensory interactioncrossmodal perception and embodied cognition could be used to designed more inclusive interactions between people with and without  visual impairments. I use a mixed-methods approach in my research, combining field work with co-design, and controlled users studies and evaluations.

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.

The CRITICAL Project

I am currently on an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship which is supporting my research into inclusion, co-design, crossmodal perception and multisensory interaction. In this fellowship, I’m focusing on designing and researching education technologies that can improve the inclusion of visually-impaired children when they learn alongside their sighted peers in mainstream schools. Read more here or watch this: