Oussama Metatla

I’m an EPSRC Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol. I’m part of the Bristol Interaction Group where I currently lead the CRITICAL project. 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 multisensory and crossmodal interactive systems – systems that exploit a wider range of the human senses – to support interaction between people 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 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:

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.