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Dr Catherine Holloway
Chadwick Building
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Catherine graduated in 2004 with a 1st Class honours degree in Industrial Engineering and Information Systems (Design Stream) from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She consequently went to work as a Research and Development Engineer for Medtronic. Here she designed and developed angioplasty balloons; she also sat on the patent review board.

In 2006 she moved to London to commence her PhD at UCL, which was funded by EPSRC and the National Health Service. Before completing her PhD she took up a research assistant position at UCL on the FP7 funded Personal Inclusive City Accessible Vehicle (PICAV) project. Following the completion of this project Catherine ran the Pedestrian Accessibility Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA), where she developed the biomechanics section of the facility including the integration of force plates and EMG measuring capability. During this time she built and strengthened links between ARG and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and ASPIRE. This has resulted in a number of PhD studentships as well as the formation of the TARSAN group.

In 2012 she took up her post as Lecturer in Accessibility Engineering.

Research Summary

Catherine Holloway is a Lecturer in Accessibility Engineering, which mixes biomedical, transport and design engineering. Catherine is a co-director of the MSc in Transport, Health & Policy. Catherine’s research focuses on designing technology, which measures and improves accessibility. To this end she has active research collaborations and projects with Transport for London, Tohoku University, Georgia Tech. Catherine recently established and is Director of the Biomedical instrumentation Group at the PAMELA facility (BIG@PAMELA), which specialises in measuring biomechanics in non-clinical, outdoor environments as well as in the home. This involves a mixture of making, measuring and designing. Catherine is also a co-founder of the TARSAN network, which engages end users in accessibility engineering research.

Catherine is currently working on the following projects:

  • SenseWheel – a lightweight force-sensing handrim for wheelchair users
  • ARCMap –  Tools for measuring accessibility using the Sapelli interface
  • ARCCS – Accessible Routes from Crowdsourced Cloud Services
  • WAM (Wearable Assistive Materials) – Materials which will replace the need for an exoskeleton to aid limb mobility
  • Seeing What They See - A project focussed on understanding what people with dementia see

Teaching Summary

Catherine’s approach to teaching is to focus courses around projects and case studies. She actively encourages students to question and discuss in class.  Catherine currently teaches the following courses:

  • Introduction to Programming Using Matlab (CEGE2007/CEGE2008)
  • Design of Accessible Transport Systems (T19/09CIG019/09CIM019)
Catherine is also an Academic Supervisor within the Intergraded Design Project and a theme leader on Scenario 2 (CEGE1009).

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