Waller, Annalu

Professor

  • Professor & Personal Chair of Human Communication Technologies, Computing
  • 1287 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
1992 …2022
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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

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee

Master of Science, University of Cape Town

Bachelor of Science, University of Cape Town

Keywords

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 1992 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
54 Downloads (Pure)

Developing a Task Switching Training Game for Children With a Rare Genetic Syndrome Linked to Intellectual Disability

Robb, N., Waller, A. & Woodcock, K. A., 1 Apr 2019, In : Simulation and Gaming. 50, 2, p. 160-179 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Software design
Switches
Intellectual disability
Evaluation
Serious games

Digital Assistive Technology Education and Training

Waller, A., 27 Aug 2019, Proceedings of AAATE 2019 Conference Global Challenges in Assistive Technology: Research, Policy & Practice: Technology and Disability. Desideri, L., de Witte, L., Chattat, R. & Hoogerwerf, E-J. (eds.). Supp 1 ed. Holland: IOS Press, Vol. 31. p. 158 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

education
occupational therapy
computer science
engineer
disability
18 Downloads (Pure)

Expecting the Unexpected in Participatory Design

Constantin, A., Korte, J., Fails, J. A., Alexandru, C. A., Dragomir, M., Pain, H., Good, J., Garzotto, F., Eriksson, E. & Waller, A., 2 May 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 1-4 4 p. SIG07. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File

Exploring the Role of Assistive Technologist within a Special Education Setting

Norrie, C., Waller, A. & Hannah, B., 27 Aug 2019, AAATE 2019 Conference: Global Challenges in Assistive Technology: Research, Policy & Practice. Desideri, L., de Witte, L., Chattat, R. & Hoogerwerf, E-J. (eds.). Supp 1 ed. Holland: IOS Press, Vol. 31. p. 48-49 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

special education
communication
special education school
classroom
multiple disabilities

Learning to Self-Manage by Intelligent Monitoring, Prediction and Intervention

Wiratunga, N., Corsar, D., Martin, K., Wijekoon, A., Elyan, E., Cooper, K., Ibrahim, Z., Celiktutan, O., Dobson, R. J., McKenna, S., Morris, J., Waller, A., Abd-Alhammed, R., Qahwaji, R. & Chaudhuri, R., 2019, KDH 2019: Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery in Healthcare Data. Wiratunga, N., Coenen, F. & Sani, S. (eds.). Germany: CEUR-WS, Vol. 2429. p. 60-67 8 p. 10. (CEUR Workshop Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Monitoring

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 2019

Who am I? Dancing our Stories...

Annalu Waller (Speaker)
28 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote

Creative technologies, capturing stories

Annalu Waller (Speaker)
6 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Harnessing Artificial Intelligence in the Design of AAC Technologies.

Annalu Waller (Speaker)
22 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Looking into the Crystal Ball … How do we harness the Potential of Technology?

Annalu Waller (Speaker)
5 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote

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. (External person) (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

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