Development of speech recognition systems (SPECS & Vivoca2 projects): user involvement

I lead the user involvement and user interface design aspects of these significant projects (approx. £1.5m in total) which are aiming to develop speech recognition systems for people with disordered speech. This suite of projects represents a significant technical challenge and one that requires a significant level of user involvement and have a complex set of constraints that apply when making the devices usable.

Communication aid design (Devices for Dignity project): user requirements

I am joint lead on the Devices for Dignity (D4D) project looking into the design requirements of users of communication aids. People who use communication aids (and have difficulties with speech) are a notoriously hard to reach group and their needs are poorly understood. This scoping project has investigated the needs of users using a mixture of research methods. The D4D programme, funded by the Department of Health, focuses on the design, development and evaluation of devices to improve healthcare quality and well-being for clients with long term conditions.

Development of simplified computer interfaces (Maavis project): usability

I jointly conceived and am involved in the development of an open source software project called Maavis. Maavis is designed to include people otherwise excluded from the possible benefits of technology because of its complex interface. Maavis has been successfully trialled with people with dementia and children with special educational needs, uses a flexible, open development platform and is an OSSwatch strategic project.

Open source assistive technology (OATS) software: creating an open community

I jointly conceived and developed the OATS website – a website and community promoting and listing open source assistive technology software. This site is well recognised and has been running for over 6 years as the most authoritative source of this information.

RAATE & Communication Matters conferences: developing the assistive technology field

I am on the scientific committee of the RAATE conference – the UK’s main assistive technology conference. I am also a trustee of Communication Matters - organising the UK’s main augmentative and alternative communication conference (AAC) and representing the needs of AAC users nationally.

Older Projects:

Evidence Base within EAT
Assistech website Evidence base is a popular term at the moment, however it is generally agreed that the evidence base within Assistive Technology and rehabilitation is poor. I collaborated with Aejaz Zahid at Barnsley to produce some practical tools to help develop and document the evidence base.

Switch Access
Switch Access to Technology Publication I collaborated with David Colven from the ACE Centre to publish "Switch Access to Technology, a comprehensive guide." This is one of the first publications specifically dedicated to switch access and aims to standardise switch access terminology.


Human Computer Interaction
HCI Presentation My main research interest is the potential application and relationship between HCI and EAT and I have presented some preliminary work on this. I believe that HCI offers a number of models that could be applied to EAT. HCI is particularly relevant in the area of switch access but would also have a lot to offer other EAT tasks and could help develop the EAT evidence base. PIADS
I collaborated with a colleague at ACT on evaluating the PIADS outcome measure for use with Environmental Control provision.

EC Care Pathway
I input into ACT's Environmental Control Care Pathway, including organising a two day training session for local OTs.

South London AAC Care Pathway
I was heavily involved in the creation of the South London Care Pathway for AAC and the original presentation remains on this site for legacy.