Paul Whittington

Dr Paul Whittington

  • 01202 967224
  • whittingtonp at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Assistive Technology
  • Poole House P319, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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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...


Journal Articles


  • Whittington, P. and Dogan, H., 2018. Human Factors in Transportation Cyber-Physical Systems: A Case Study of a Smart Automated Transport and Retrieval System (SmartATRS). A Case Study of a Smart Automated Transport and Retrieval System (SmartATRS). Transportation Cyber-Physical Systems. 201-226.




  • 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

  • Assistive Technology Symposium, 24th June 2019, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Interview about the Assistive Technology research at Bournemouth University, 30th November 2018
  • 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

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