Undergraduate Studies

As part of Computing degrees and other interdisciplinary degrees we teach the Assistive Technology & AAC course as part of the Research Frontiers module.

Students also get the opportunity from Semester 1 to work with our User Centre participants who include older people and people with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities such as Aphasia and Cerebral palsy.

Postgraduate Studies

MSc in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

In collaboration with Psychology we now offer an MSc in AAC. The aims of this interdisciplinary course are to provide individuals with a psychology, computing, industry or clinical care background with a better understanding of the latest developments in: 1) the psychology of the development of language and communication; 2) the design ethnography of AAC solutions; 3) the engineering of AAC solutions; and 4) the effective evaluation of AAC solutions on an individual and group basis. However, the over-arching aim of the course is to provide individuals with sufficient research training to allow them to become effective scientist-practitioners.

More information at the Schools’ websites:

MSc in Design for Healthcare & Assistive Technologies

This course teaches how biomedical engineering principles can be applied to ground-breaking assistive technology equipment, software and systems. It is delivered by Biomedical Engineering and the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) research group at the School of Science and Engineering.  You will gain understanding of living systems and how to design computing-based devices and new technologies through learning about biomedical measurement systems, human anatomy, physiology and medical instrumentations. The course is underpinned by our international reputation in cutting-edge areas of research in the development of AAC devices. You will learn to design and build prototypes for user interfaces, interaction and experiences through practical tasks and be taught how to create a critical evaluation of research literature.

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PhD Opportunities

The group always welcome inquiries about new PhD projects, please get in touch with Prof Annalu Waller. Here a selection of possible projects:

  • Human-Computer Interaction Project: User Interface Design Challenges in Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Human-Computer Interaction Project: Natural Language Processing and Personal Narrative
  • Human-Computer Interaction Project: Eyegaze Interfaces for Communication

For more information on these and other projects visit the School of Computing webpage on PhD opportunities.

Organisation and Professional Development (OPD)

Through our consultancy work on accessibility, assistive technology (AT) and AAC we teach the following course:

  • Effective Web Publishing
    This two-part course will focus on using the Web as an effective publishing medium for researchers. The course is aimed at researchers who do not already possess technically advanced Web publishing skills, but who would like to know more about how to effectively publish Web content as part of their work.