Dr Paul Whittington is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Assistive Technologies at Bournemouth University. He completed a BSc (Hons) in Computing at Bournemouth University in 2013 and continued at the University to undertake a PhD. Paul completed his PhD in 2017, where he developed the SmartAbility Framework which recommends Assistive Technologies based on the user abilities that people with reduced physical abilities can perform independently.
Paul’s postdoctoral research is developing a SmartAbility Android 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 Technologies, 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. Paul has cerebral palsy and uses a powered wheelchair for his independence. He therefore has a personal experience of the benefits of using Assistive Technologies.
Paul has over 10 publications, including in the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems journal and at the CHI 2019 and British HCI 2018 conferences. His research on Assistive Technologies has also been featured on BBC South Today, The Sunday Times, Auto Express, Bournemouth Echo and The Ergonomist.