My research interests lie in inclusive design, and creating accessible technologies. During my PhD I investigated the challenges faced by individuals with visual and motor-impairments when accessing mobile touchscreen technologies. This research was carried out with the support of participants from both RNIB and Parkinson’s UK to ensure the challenges were motivated by real-world problems and the solutions were fit for purpose. The work led to the development of novel methods to measure an individual’s interaction abilities from regular device interactions, and then perform adaptations to the gesture recognisers to improve the recognition accuracy of their inputs. I hope to extend the work to cover wider user characteristics, devices and forms of interaction.

More recently, my research has investigated digital technologies to support braille input and output by blind people. In collaboration with researchers in Lisbon, Portugal, we have developed hardware and software technologies to support Braille learning, and access to touchscreen devices.

Through my interest in human computer interaction, I have become acquainted with researchers and communities working to improve the access of digital technologies to individuals whom are excluded or not considered, due to both physical and mental characteristics, my interests are in the development of technologies that facilitate the creation of more inclusive systems and improve overall usability and minimise exclusion from technologies.

Funding and Awards

August 2017 - EP/P031854/1 Distributed Ledgers and Decentralised Energy in Sub Saharan Africa
The global mobile phone industry has emerged as an important partner in achieving the UN’s goals of sustainable energy access for all in Sub Saharan Africa. Support for mobile enhanced energy services in the region driven by the Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association (GSMA), which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. The GSMA has identified distributed ledger technologies as a key area of interest with the potential to transform existing business models for decentralised or off grid energy services in sub Saharan Africa and accelerate access to sustainable energy services. To this end GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities division is currently seeking to better understand and evaluate the potential impact, applications, use cases, benefits and costs of distributed ledgers for energy service companies and customers, with the goal of leveraging its strategic partnership with the Department for International Development to resource future trials and to catalyse private sector investment.

Working in partnership with the GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities programme and ElectriCChain, developers of the SolarCoin Blockchain, this 24 month research project brings together a team of electrical and electronic engineers, human-computer interaction specialists, and social anthropologists to explore the potential for distributed ledger technologies to accelerate access to off grid solar energy in Sub-Saharan Africa by delinking current business models from existing mobile money payment infrastructures and third parties, creating new models for incentivising and rewarding the installation of off grid solar, and developing new peer-to-peer business models.

Amount: £485,287.

January 2015 - SICSA Research Challenge: Identifying Health Promoting Elements in Care Homes
Changes in population demographics have resulted in a growing number of care home, economic, health and ethical considerations that demand attention. We require effective means of creating enabling built environments to provide older adults with healthy and socially fulfilling lives. However, built environments professionals (BEP) lack an evidence-based body of knowledge on design for wellbeing and miss research methods for assessing design impact.

With this challenge, we aim to assemble a community of stakeholders around the topic of enabling and health promoting environments including academics, social and health practitioners, BEP and policy makers. Through a series of activities we will scope the barriers and challenges to health promoting environments; create large-scale datasets that capture residents’ daily routines; and develop novel research tools that will produce objective evidence to support older adults living healthy and socially fulfilling lives.

Amount: £5000.

June 2014 - SICSA Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange (PECE)
An exchange with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to extend the ongoing collaborations with Professor Vicki. L. Hanson and Dr Hugo Nicolau.

Amount: ~£4000.

May 2014 - SICSA Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange (PECE)
An exchange with the University of Lisbon to extend the ongoing collaborations with Dr Tiago Guerreiro.

Amount ~£3500.

April 2014 - Best Paper Award, CHI 2014 Conference
Awarded to research carried out with Hugo Nicolau, Tiago Guerreiro,João Guerreiro and Vicki L. Hanson for our CHI Note “B#: Chord-based correction for multitouch Braille input”.

December 2010 - NCR Award for outstanding doctoral student
During the School of Computing, University of Dundee PhD Symposium (£250)

October 2010 - ACM ASSETS Student Research Competition
Awarded 3rd Place at ASSETS 2010, Orlando Florida for my work on ‘Accessible Indoor Navigation’. ($250)

Conference Committees

  • Program Committee, ACM W4A 2016
  • Poster and Demonstration Chair, ACM ASSETS 2016
  • Program Committee, ACM ASSETS 2016
  • Program Committee, ACM W4A 2015
  • Program Committee, ACM ASSETS 2015
  • Student Research Competition Judge, ACM ASSETS 2014
  • Publicity Chair, ACM ASSETS 2014
  • Program Committee, ACM ASSETS 2014
  • Publicity Chair, ACM ASSETS 2012
  • Local Arrangements Chair, ACM ASSETS 2011