Paul Whittington

Paul Whittington

  • pwhittington at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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Paul joined the Faculty of Science and Technology on November 2013 as a full time PhD research student. Paul received first class honours for BSc Computing at Bournemouth University in 2013 with the dissertation titled "A Smartphone system to control a Automated Transport and Retrieval System (SmartATRS)".

Paul's PhD research draws upon this dissertation and is "Evaluating Pervasive Computing Technologies to enhance Human Computer Interaction for a SmartPowerchair". Paul's research will be investigating which pervasive computing technologies can be integrated into a standard powered wheelchair (powerchair) to increase the quality of life for people with disabilities. Paul's objective is to develop a SmartPowerchair that integrates the technolgies that are found to be most suitable for the user domain. Paul's contribution to knowledge will be a SmartPowerchair Framework that will be used for future technology insertions into assistive technologies.


Paul's research is investigating the application of pervasive technologies to current assistive technologies through a framework and design solutions. As part of Paul's research, pervasive technology(s) selected through user experimentations will be applied to transform a powerchair into a SmartPowerchair. The SmartPowerchair will assist current powerchair users with various daily tasks and provide increased usability. A framework and set of guidelines will be established for use with future applications of pervasive assistive technologies.


1. Develop an understanding of the current state of the art.

2. Develop a stakeholder requirements specification for the SmartPowerchair and the practical setup of experimentations.

3. Conduct experimentations with pervasive technologies to assess suitability for the SmartPowerchair by using a prototype system architecture.

4. Develop a system design for the SmartPowerchair.

The SmartPowerchair will be designed using the most usable and suitable pervasive technology(s).

5. Develop and thoroughly test a system architecture of the SmartPowerchair.

The prototype architecture will be transformed into a final architecture that is an efficient solution that is fully interoperable between a standard powerchair and pervasive technologies.

6. Develop a Framework for future integrations of pervasive technologies to assistive technologies.

An assistive technology development framework will be constructed, consisting of risk analysis and requirements elicitation templates and an ISO standard for the Human Centred Design of Assistive Technologies...



  • Whittington, Dogan, H. and Phalp, K., 2015. SmartPowerchair: to boldly go where a powerchair has not gone before. In: Ergonomics & Human Factors (EHF) 13-16 April 2015 Daventry, UK.
  • Whittington, P., Dogan, H. and Phalp, K., 2015. Evaluating the Usability of an Automated Transport and Retrieval System. In: 5th International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems (PECCS) 11-13 February 2015 Angers, France.


  • BSc (Hons) in Computing (Bournemouth University, 2013)


  • School Prize for the Best Undergraduate Student in the School of Design, Engineering and Computing (Bournemouth University, 2013)
  • Software Prize for the Best Final Year Project (Bournemouth University, 2013)
  • Gordon Jones Prize (Bournemouth University, 2011)
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