Reuben Kirkham

Reuben Kirkham

r.kirkham@newcastle.ac.uk

My research interests lie in the intersection of ubiquitous/wearable computing and disability rights. This involves the development of technical systems which challenge the existing status quo in disability rights, whilst also accounting for the surrounding legal context.

I have published this work in a range of well-known computing science venues, including ACM Ubicomp, IEEE Computer and the Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing journal. The latter was in collaboration with the BBC, examining how to make television production accessible.

Currently I am working on using inertial sensing in smartphones and wrist-worn sensors in order to support the documentation of inaccessibility by manual wheelchair users. A continuation of this work is funded by the Institute of Ageing from October 2016. From April 2017 I will be an EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellow, working on a project that combines inertial and environment sensors in the new Urban Sciences Building in Newcastle to track the well-being of individuals and populations whilst retaining their privacy.