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 Lecturer in Assistive Technology 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 teaches on the BSc Human Factors in Computing Systems and MSc Human Factors units.

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 Assistive Living Technologies (ALT) Symposiums at Bournemouth University in May 2018 and 2019, as well as the Diversity, Inclusivity and Accessibility in Cyber Security Workshops at British HCI 2021 and 2022.

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.




  • EduAbility (Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Charitable Trust, 14 Nov 2021). In Progress
  • Authentibility Pass (Innovate UK, 23 Sep 2020). Completed
  • Authentibility Pass (Innovate UK, 01 Apr 2020). Completed
  • 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

  • BBC1 South Today (30 Nov 2018)
  • The Development of a SmartAbility Framework to Enhance Multimodal Interaction for People with Reduced Physical Ability (22 Jan 2018)

External Media and Press