Personal profile

Research

Annalu Waller has worked in the field of Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC) since 1985, designing communication systems for and with nonspeaking individuals. She established the first AAC assessment and training centre in South Africa in 1987 before coming to Dundee in 1989. Her PhD developed narrative technology support for adults with acquired dysphasia following stroke. Her primary research areas are human computer interaction, natural language processing, personal narrative and assistive technology. In particular, she focuses on empowering end users, including disabled adults and children, by involving them in the design and use of technology. She manages a number of interdisciplinary research projects with industry and practitioners from rehabilitation engineering, special education, speech and language therapy, nursing and dentistry. She is on the editorial boards of several academic journals and sits on the boards of a number of national and international organisations representing disabled people. Annalu leads the AAC Research Group in the School of Computing which seeks to develop technology with and for people with limited or no speech.

Teaching

Annalu has over 25 years of teaching experience during which she has taught introductory programming (Pascal, C, Java); Database Systems; Human Computer Interaction and aspects of Assistive Technology to a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students. Her teaching philosophy stems from a desire to enable students to reach their individual potential and to equip them as future leaders.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, University of Cape Town

Master of Science, University of Cape Town

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee

Keywords

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

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Research Output 1997 2017

Developing a novel system to support language acquisition in children with CCN: An ethnographic study

Norrie, C. & Waller, A. 10 Sep 2017 p. 79 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Vocabulary
Language
Communication
Self-Help Devices
Research Personnel

Empowering Disabled Educators

Waller, A., Cummins, K. & McGregor, A. 15 Jun 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

educator
communication
student
Group
learning disorder

Exploring new designs of predictive AAC with disabled participants

Waller, A., Black, R. & Rashid, Z. 15 Sep 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Dyslexia
Technology
Research
Literacy

Involving people with severe speech and physical impairments in the early design of a context-aware AAC system

Waller, A., Black, R. & Rashid, Z. 10 Sep 2017 p. 34 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
File
Application programs
Mobile devices
Software engineering
Communication systems
Availability

Musketeers for Storytelling and Film in AAC

Legel, M., Soto, G., Grove, N. & Waller, A. 12 Sep 2017 p. 40 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Motion Pictures
Language
Communication
Research
Special Education

Prizes

Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy

Annalu Waller (Recipient), 20 Sep 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

OBE

Annalu Waller (Recipient), 31 Jan 2016

Prize: National/international honour

Communication

Activities 2012 2017

  • 7 Participation in conference
  • 4 Invited talk

To GRID or NOT to GRID? Challenging the AAC Paradigm.

Waller, A. (Speaker)
2 May 2017

Activity: Invited talk

14th AAATE Congress 2017

Waller, A. (Participant)
13 Sep 201714 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Technology for Independence

Waller, A. (Participant)
14 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

The Future of Assistive Technology Conference: Empowering Independence

Waller, A. (Participant)
4 May 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media

New app relieves patients’ fear of the dentist

Rolf Black, Annalu Waller, Rachel Menzies, Daniel Herron & Daniel Herron

17/06/14

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Speech App Helps Disabled People to Communicate at the Dentist

Rolf Black, Annalu Waller, Rachel Menzies, Daniel Herron & Daniel Herron

16/06/1417/06/14

3 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Thesis

Investigating sharing skills in children with autism spectrum conditions through participatory research

Author: Menzies, R., 2012

Supervisor: Waller, A. (Supervisor) & Pain, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

My Diabetes My Way: an electronic personal health record for NHS Scotland

Author: Cunningham, S., 2014

Supervisor: Morris, A. (Supervisor) & Waller, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Towards a phoneme-based predictive communication aid for nonspeaking individuals

Author: Trinh, H., 2013

Supervisor: Waller, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Towards the full inclusion of people with severe speech and physical impairments in the design of Augmentative and Alternative Communication software

Author: Prior, S., 2011

Supervisor: Waller, A. (Supervisor) & Kroll, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File