Cathy is a creative leader who looks to expand the role and relevance of academia through her research, teaching, engagement and innovation activities. She is pioneering the Disability Interaction framework to help accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world. This work spans the domains of human-computer interaction, accessibility and assistive technology and policy.
Cathy’s research portfolio includes the development of new prosthetics for both the UK and lower income countries; the use of the Internet of Things to automate the creation of city-level accessibility maps for wheelchair users in Delhi and London; and the development of inclusive innovation methods. All of Cathy’s work has an ethos of co-development.
Cathy has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and is co-PI of the AT2030 programme. Cathy is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the World Health Organization WHO’s Word Report on Assistive Technology and sits on the EPSRC, Healthcare Technologies SAT where she is also the Big Ideas Champion.
Cathy previously delivered the concept of (and ran four-years) the highly-successful James Dyson Foundation Summer School-UCL wheelchair hacking summer school
Prior to joining UCL Cathy worked as a Research and Development Engineer for Medtronic. She is a former Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellow, and has delivered a range of keynotes and discussion pieces including to the British Council in Tokyo, the World Health Organisation and at the Paralympics in Rio. Cathy is also a Director and co-founder of two social enterprises – Movement Metrics and the GDI Hub Community Interest Company.
Here you will find a list of her publications and you can also access her some of her work through google scholar.