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Dr Paul Whittington is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Assistive Technologies in the Faculty of Science & Technology at Bournemouth University. Dr Whittington’s research focuses on Assistive Technologies, Human Factors, Usability Engineering and System of Systems. He is a member of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Group and has previously been involved with the MSc Human Factors and Usability Engineering courses.
Dr Whittington received his Doctorate (PhD) in Human Computer Interaction from Bournemouth University in 2017 and BSc (Hons) in Computing also from Bournemouth University in 2013. During his doctorate (funded by a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship), he developed the SmartAbility Framework which recommends technologies based on the actions (user abilities) that people with reduced physical abilities (disabilities) can perform independently.
He was a student volunteer at the 30th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference. Dr Whittington organised the inaugural Assistive Living Technologies (ALT) Symposium at Bournemouth University in May 2018, for 50 delegates, including academics, charity representatives and research students...
His research on Assistive Technologies featured on BBC South, The Sunday Times, Auto Express, Bournemouth Echo and The Ergonomist. He also exhibited and validated his research at the 2016 Mobility Roadshow in Silverstone, UK.
Dr Whittington’s postdoctoral research is developing a SmartAbility Application to compliment the Framework. The Application will automatically detect user abilities and recommend suitable Assistive Technologies. The aim of the Application to increase the awareness of Assistive Technology, that can provide potential increases in quality of life, for people with reduced physical abilities. It is anticipated that the Application will evolve into a product promotion tool for charities and industries associated with Assistive Technologies.more
- Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2017. SmartPowerchair: Characterization and Usability of a Pervasive System of Systems. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 47 (4), 500-510.
- Whittington, P., Dogan, H., Jiang, N. and Phalp, K., 2019. The development and evaluation of the SmartAbility Android Application to detect users’ abilities. In: The ACM CHI 2019 Workshop on Addressing the Challenges of Situationally-Induced Impairments and Disabilities in Mobile Interaction 4-9 May 2019 Glasgow, UK.
- Whittington, P., Dogan, H., Jiang, N. and Phalp, K., 2018. Automatic detection of user abilities through the smartability framework.
- Ki-Aries, D., Dogan, H., Faily, S., Whittington, P. and Williams, C., 2017. From requirements to operation: Components for risk assessment in a pervasive system of systems. 83-89.
- Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2016. SmartDisability: A Smart System of Systems approach to Disability. In: 11th System of Systems Engineering Conference (SoSE) 12-16 June 2016 Kongsberg, Norway.
- Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2016. A smartdisability framework: Enhancing user interaction.
- Whittington, P., 2016. Improving user interaction through a Smart Disability Framework.
- Whittington, P., Dogan, H. and Phalp, K., 2015. Evaluating the usability of an Automated Transport and Retrieval System. 59-66.
- Whittington, P., Dogan, H. and Phalp, K., 2015. SmartPowerchair: To boldly go where a Powerchair has not gone before. 233-242.
- Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2015. SmartPowerchair: A pervasive system of systems. 244-249.
- SmartAbility and SmartPowerchair: Detection of User Abilities and Development of Integrated Assistive Technologies (BU Quality Research, 25 Sep 2017). In Progress
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Interview about the Assistive Technology research at Bournemouth University
- Human Computer Interaction research film shown on screen in Bournemouth Square during Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival
- Participation in 'Life Beyond the PhD 2018' Conference, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
- Assistive Living Technologies (ALT) Symposium, Bournemouth University, UK
- Presentation at Designability Charity Litd, Royal United Hospital, Bath
- Validation of the SmartDisability Framework, The Mobility Roadshow 2016, Silverstone Circuit, UK
- Ergonomic Design - creating freedoms and potential for people living with disabilty, Human Factors: reducing risk in healthcare, 12th Annual Symposium, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Research and Education (CoPMRE), Bournemouth University, UK
External Media and Press
- Interview with Dr Paul Whittington and Dr Huseyin Dogan about the Assistive Technology research at Bournemouth University, BBC1 South Today, 30 Nov 2018. http://hci.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/smartability/
- New technology to help people with disabilities, Bournemouth Echo, 01 May 2018. https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/16196363.heres-how-bournemouth-university-is-helping-people-to-find-their-independence-through-assistive-technology/
- The Future is Driverless, The Sunday Times, 21 Oct 2018. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/static/driverless-cars-axa-technology-advances/
- Disability cars and driving aids: the new tech helping disabled people get behind the wheel, Auto Express, 02 Oct 2017. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/101188/disability-cars-and-driving-aids-the-new-tech-helping-disabled-people-get-behind-the
- Improving Life for People with Disabilities, The Ergonomist, 03 Aug 2015. http://iehf.org/ehf/wp-content/uploads/ergonomist/542_August/files/assets/basic-html/page2.html