Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction
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Dr Chris Creed specialises in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and has extensive experience in leading collaborative technical projects exploring the use of innovative technologies. His core research interest is around the design and development of assistive technology for disabled people across a range of impairments. He also leads the MSc User Experience Design course and is the Director of Research Degrees in the School of Computing and Digital Technology.
Prior to joining BCU, Dr Creed worked at the University of Birmingham for 12 years in both the School of Computer Science and the Digital Humanities Hub. He was the Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded D2ART project that explored the potential of digital technologies (e.g. eye gaze tracking, mid-air gesturing, facial expression switches, etc.) to support and transform practice for professional disabled visual artists. He was also the lead academic investigator on the AHRC CATH funded LEAP project that examined the accessibility of interactive experiences (e.g. large multi-touch tables) in public spaces.
Chris is currently leading on several research projects around HCI and disability such as investigating new interface techniques for supporting creative work via gaze/speech interaction, exploring novel wheelchair training approaches using mixed reality technologies, and making coding more accessible for people with physical impairments (which has received support through a Microsoft “AI for Accessibility” grant).
His research is multi-disciplinary in nature and has been conducted in close partnership with national charities, disability arts and accessibility organisations, special needs colleges, large arts/cultural partners, and disabled people. Dr Creed also has significant experience in working directly with industry and SMEs on multiple collaborative projects across a wide range of sectors.