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Dr Oussama MetatlaBSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Oussama Metatla

Dr Oussama MetatlaBSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

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Research interests

Oussama is a Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and holds a 5-years EPSRC Early-Career Fellowship. His academic and research vocation is to explore and demonstrate how HCI as an applied field of inquiry can contribute to making human society more inclusive of people with disabilities.  He is particularly interested in exploring how insights and principles from multisensory interaction, crossmodal perception and embodied cognition could be used to design more inclusive interactions between people with and without disabilities. Oussama and his team use a mixed-methods approach to HCI research, combining theory with field work, co-design, and controlled studies and evaluation.

Ongoing projects include:

  • Inclusive education technologies
  • Crossmodal perception applications in HCI and HRI
  • Augmented reality and inclusive social interaction
  • Multisensory, and multi-person Virtual Reality
  • Multisensory interaction, emotions and well-being
  • Voice user interfaces, Auditory Displays, and Sonification
  • Child-Computer Interaction
  • Co-design, particularly with mixed-ability mixed-age groups
  • Quantitative approaches to embodied interaction

Oussama received his PhD in 2011 from the University of London on the use of sound to support non-visual interaction with digital information. Following this, he was a Researcher Co-Investigator on two EPSRC projects Crossmodal Collaborative Interfaces (2010-2012) and Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (2012-2015), which were direct extensions of his PhD thesis. He was also an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University (2014-2015) before joining Bristol on an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship (2016-2021), hosted at the University of Bristol.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Engineering Education Research Group

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