Waller, Annalu

Professor

  • Professor & Personal Chair of Human Communication Technologies, Computing
  • 1371 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
1992 …2020

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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

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992

Master of Science, University of Cape Town

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988

Bachelor of Science, University of Cape Town

Award Date: 1 Jan 1983

Keywords

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

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Projects

Research Output

A Design Engineering Approach for Quantitatively Exploring Context-Aware Sentence Retrieval for Nonspeaking Individuals with Motor Disabilities

Kristensson, P. O., Lilley, J., Black, R. & Waller, A., Apr 2020, CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 1-11 11 p.

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    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

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    148 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 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
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    83 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • Prizes

    Best Paper

    Per Ola Kristensson (Recipient), James Lilley (Recipient), Black, Rolf (Recipient) & Waller, Annalu (Recipient), 6 Mar 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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    Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy

    Waller, Annalu (Recipient), 20 Sep 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society

    OBE

    Waller, Annalu (Recipient), 31 Jan 2016

    Prize: National/international honour

    Activities

    Can a Robot be my Friend

    Rolf Black (Speaker), , Annalu Waller (Speaker), , Hasith Nandadasa (Contributor), & Ladan Safiee (Contributor)

    22 Jan 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

    Women Making Waves in STEM - Dundee Women's Festival 2020

    Amy Cameron (Organiser), , Amy Rogers (Organiser), , Rolf Black (Organiser), , Annalu Waller (Speaker), , Elizabeth Mills (Speaker), , Irene Hallyburton (Speaker), , Amy Learmonth (Speaker), , Senga Robertson-Albertyn (Speaker), & Maggie Bartlett (Speaker)

    10 Mar 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Creative technologies, capturing stories

    Annalu Waller (Speaker)

    6 Jun 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

    Harnessing Artificial Intelligence in the Design of AAC Technologies.

    Annalu Waller (Speaker)

    22 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    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