Oussama Metatla

WE ARE HIRING! PhD studentship available: Full funded (UK/EU). Start date September 2017, see more details here, deadline 31st August 2017

I’m an EPSRC Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol. I’m part of the Bristol Interaction Group. 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.

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 currently interested in the intersection of accessibility and computer-supported collaborative learning focusing on designing and researching multimodal and crossmodal interactive systems – systems that exploit a wider range of the human senses – to support interaction with and through digital technology.

Current Project

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

On the side, I edit Inspire Magazine and co-run anasr.org activities, and I occasionally blog about topics pertaining to science, politics and the media particularly in relation to Algeria, my home country.