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HCI in Health context

... international views

  • Rebecca Randell (UK), websiteUnderstanding work practice for design and evaluation of healthcare technology



 Dr Rebecca Randell is an Associate Professor in Applied Health Research in the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. She has a degree in Software Engineering from the University of Durham and a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Glasgow. Rebecca’s research is concerned with understanding how healthcare professionals carry out their work in order to inform the design of healthcare technology and with understanding how healthcare technologies are used in practice. She has conducted research in a range of settings and looking at a wide range of technologies, including equipment in the intensive care unit, computerised decision support systems, digital pathology, surgical robots, and quality dashboards. In 2004, Rebecca was awarded the Diana E. Forsythe Award by the American Medical Informatics Association for research at the intersection of informatics and the social sciences. She is Chair of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) Human and Organizational Factors of Medical Informatics Working Group.  

  • Charlotte Magnusson (Sueden)websiteInclusive design – perspectives and experiences


    Charlotte Magnusson, PhD, MSc, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Design Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University. She is part of a group, CERTEC, which does research on Rehabilitation Engineering and Design. As part of CERTEC, Charlotte works with both accessibility and inclusive design. A starting point in all CERTEC projects is the notion of co-design – we see design processes as a collaborative effort, and the way we approach the design processes is rooted in the participatory design tradition. Charlotte is active in the intersection between designs and methods for design, and works both with research in interaction design and methods for user involvement in design processes. Within interaction design, Charlotte has been particularly interested in the non-visual interaction channels, and has led and worked in several projects relating to non-visual interaction design (eg. she coordinated the EU project HaptiMap and was responsible for the LU participation in the EU projects Micole, ENABLED, ABBI). Recently, Charlotte has led and worked in international projects relating to Stroke-rehabilitation (projects: ActivAbles, STARR). 




... french view

  • François Cabestaing (France), website: The Brain Computer Interfaces for the palliation of severe motor disability


Professor of automation at the University of Lille since 2006, he teaches automation at the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering at IUT "A". He is a researcher at the Research Center in Computer Science, Signal and Automation of Lille (CRIStAL, UMR CNRS 9189), where he manages the research team "BCI", Brain-Computer Interfaces. From the fundamental point of view, he studies physiological signal processing techniques, mainly EEG (electroencephalogram), and classification, especially to estimate the mental states of users of brain-machine interfaces. From an application point of view, the objective of the BCI team is to develop multimodal brain-machine interfaces that allow people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to maintain as long as possible good independence (bci.univ-lille .com). He contributed to the creation of the COllectif for Transdisciplinary Research on Brain-Computer Interfaces (, a learned society of which he is currently President.


  • Amine Chellali (France), website:  Interaction Design in Virtual Simulators in Surgery


Researcher at Univ Evry-Paris Saclay University and member of the IRA2 research team (IBISC laboratory), he holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (University of Nantes). He worked as a research engineer at the Ecole des Mines in Nantes before moving to Boston for a post-doctorate at Tufts University. He then worked as a research associate at Harvard Medical School in the Interactive Surgical Systems Lab that he helped to create. Back in France in 2013, he continues to conduct research in the field of virtual surgical simulator design. He is particularly interested in the fidelity of interfaces and interactions in surgical simulators, the combined learning of technical and non-technical skills in surgery and the contribution of collaborative virtual systems for team training of surgeons. He is the author of numerous scientific articles in specialized international journals and conferences (human-computer interaction, virtual reality, human factors, and minimally invasive surgery).

  • Ouriel Grynszpan (France), website: Agentivity in Human-Computer Interaction: the case of autism 

Ouriel Grynszpan

Ouriel Grynszpan is currently Professor of Computer Science at Paris-Sud University. He conducts his research at the Computer Science Laboratory for Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (LIMSI). He was previously a senior lecturer in neuroscience at Pierre and Marie Curie University, where he was affiliated with the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR). An engineer by training, he worked for computer and telecommunications companies before joining the academic world. Her interdisciplinary research is at the crossroads of psychology, affective neuroscience, and human-computer communication, and addresses issues of social cognition. In general, Ouriel Grynszpan's work aims to understand the processes involved in monitoring and controlling her own social behavior when interacting with other individuals. Ouriel Grynszpan has directed several projects on digital technologies for autism and has participated in the organization of different networks and conferences on this topic (SIG IMFAR & ITASD). His research is published in journals of psychology and human-computer interaction.


  • Antoine Widmer (Suisse), website: HCI and health for professionals or patients, 2 separate worlds


Antoine Widmer is a professor of computer science at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis). He leads applied research projects in the field of interactive technologies within the eHealth research unit. Antoine received his Master of Science and PhD from the Human Machine Interaction Laboratory at the University of Calgary (Canada). Her doctoral dissertation is interested in understanding how human perception can affect the design of virtual simulators combining the meaning of vision and touch. Back in Switzerland in 2013, he works on applied research projects in the medical field for both healthcare professionals (virtual simulators, glasses connected for emergencies) and for patients (AAL European Project Coordinator, StayFitLonger - platform for physical and cognitive exercises to be done at home for seniors, virtual simulators for cognitive rehabilitation). 



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