Assistive Technology Research Group

Assistive technology is used for disabled and elderly people to assist with their day-to-day life, health sector rehabilitation for injured patients and many other areas. Assistive technology promotes independence by enabling people to perform their tasks without the help of a support worker, or that were difficult to achieve on their own.

This is achieved by providing enhancements to existing technology or tools by changing the method of interaction using software or hardware techniques. As a result of assistive technologies, people have the opportunity for a more positive and easier lifestyle with increased social participation, security and control. In schools assistive technology is essential for a student with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The group works with Baluji Music Foundation, Vision Bridge, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia & Coloboma Support  (MACS), Beyond Sight Loss and Thomas Pocklington Trust to build and test technologies with target users, make the research group more inclusive and flexible.


  • Collaborate with colleagues from different experts and form a group to conduct assistive technology research and access funding grants
  • Attract new PhD students who are enthusiastic about taking over assistive technology and AI-related research projects
  • Promote awareness of assistive technology conferences and journals and publication opportunities
  • Generate opportunities for post doctorial research students and PhD students in the area of assistive technology and AI

Research Area

  • Blind image analysis technologies
  • Speech recognition
  • Captioning of hearing-impaired people
  • Language recognition
  • Symbol creation for deaf people
  • Multilingual text-to-speech
  • Care robots for elderly people
  • Symbol generation for people with speech difficulties
  • Translation between symbols and text
  • Healthcare - injury rehabilitation using non-invasive methods
  • Sensory substitution system using vibrotactile stimulation


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