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Dr Catherine Holloway
6.04 Malet Place Engineering Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Education

2013 – 2014: PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Institute of Education.

2006 – 2011: PhD, Transport Engineering, Accessibility Research Group, UCL. 

2000 – 2004: B.E. Industrial Engineering and Information Systems (Design Stream). Result: 1st Class Honours


Employment 

2018 – Present: Associate Professor, UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC)

2016 – Present: Academic Director, Global Disability Innovation Hub (www.disabilityinnovation.com)

2016 – 2016: Senior Lecturer, UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC)

2012 – 2016: Lecturer in Accessibility Engineering, UCL | Director MSc Transport, Health & Policy | Director Biomedical Instrumentation Group at the Pedestrian Accessibility Movement Environment Laboratory (BIG@PAMELA) 

2012 – 2012: PAMELA Research Manager & Accessibility Research Group Lead researcher, UCL

2009 – 2012: Research Assistant, Accessibility Research Group, UCL

2012 – 2016: R&D Engineer, Medtronic, Galway, Ireland

Research Summary


Dr. Cathy Holloway is the Academic Director and co-founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and Associate Professor in UCL’s Interaction Centre. GDI Hub exists to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world and Cathy’s research revolves around supporting this aim. GDI Hub is part of a partnership which has grown out of the Paralympic Legacy and crosses traditional discipline boundaries to pool expertise to tackle the issues faced by society in realising the Sustainable Development Goals.


Cathy has recently created the new undiscipline of Disability Interaction (DIX) which takes an issue-based design approach, drawing on specific disciplinary methods as and when required to create solutions for disabled people globally.  Using the DIX approach Cathy is tackling a number of research questions, both big and small.


Cathy leads the Research and Innovation strands and is UCL PI for the of the £10m UK Department for International Development grant called AT2030. AT2030 is investing in a long-term solution to understand how we can develop a demand-driven ecosystem for AT which ensures innovations can quickly come to market globally. As part of this work Cathy leads the development of a new Inclusive Innovation ecosystem in Nairobi, Kenya whilst researching inclusive and innovation. Cathy is also working with colleagues from  UCl Robotics and the Institute of Making to develop low-cost prosthetics and novel human-robot interactions which sue low-cost sensing.


Catherine is a member of:

  • The Commission for Mission-Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS), created to solve grand challenges in innovation and industrial strategy with a mission-oriented framework.
  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (SPSRC) Healthcare Strategic Advice team (SAT)

Prior to joining UCL Cathy worked as a Research and Development Engineer for Medtronic. Cathy is a former JSPS fellow and has delivered a range of keynotes and discussion pieces including to the British Council in Tokyo, the World Health Organisation and at the Paralympics in Rio. Cathy is also a Director and co-founder of two social enterprises – Movement Metrics and the GDI Hub Community Interest Company. 

Teaching Summary

I currently teach on the following modules as part of the MSc Human Computer Interaction: Interaction Design (PSYCGI17), Accessibility & Assistive Technologies (PSYCGI20) (Director). I am also the Co-Director of the MSc Disability Design & Innovation.

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