UCLIC Research Seminar Series
Assistive technology design and product creation has been conservative and incremental for many years. This is changing with a new focus on the needs and desires of the user; the emergence of enabling innovations in sensing, control, manufacturing, information systems and service delivery; and a change in approach by a new generation of designers, engineers and entrepreneurs. Tim will present challenges and lessons learned from his work creating enabling technology for people with cognitive and neuromotor disability; and consider the purpose and future of assistive technology.
Tim Adlam has recently joined UCLIC and the Global Disability Innovation Hub as a Senior Lecturer in Global Disability Innovation working in research and teaching on the new MSc in Design and Disability Innovation. He is an engineer and clinical scientist, working at Designability and the University of Bath in assistive technology research and product development for over 20 years, where he gained his PhD in seating for children with severe dystonia. He continued this work, and brings with him to UCL a clinical trial of a novel dynamic seat; and at the GDI Hub, Tim is developing a global approach to powered mobility for preschool disabled children. Tim's work is diverse, and in addition to seating and mobility, includes technology for people with dementia, modular robotics for the care of frail older people, and bikes for children with achondroplasia. Tim has gained rich personal experience as a parent of child with multiple disabilities, plays the saxophone, paddles a canoe, and makes things out of wood.