UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 7 June: Timothy Neate, Total Communication Technologies
Timothy Neate, King’s College London


UCLIC Research Seminar 7 June: Timothy Neate, Total Communication Technologies

Recording of Talk

A recording of this talk is available on the UCLIC YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/E51SDDU8JeA


Human communication is complex. We do so much more than speak, listen, read and write. These modalities are often complemented by a nuanced range of body language, gestures, and myriad other means. These broader notions of expression are termed 'Total Communication' and are particularly important for people with communication impairments as they allow an alternative, or complementary means to engage. However, despite its importance, total communication is seldom considered in the design of technology. In this talk, I describe our ongoing work on Total Communication Technologies - i.e., technologies which support or enable total communication. I describe our investigations into understanding the impact of videoconferencing on total communication for people with language impairments, and detail challenges and opportunities for supporting diverse communication styles for remote contexts. Then, I discuss our ongoing work into discreet and wearable augmented communication devices - detailing how smartwatches, 'earables', badges and other unconventional form factor devices might support, and augment accessible communication in real-world contexts. Finally, I turn to the future, inviting your contributions towards communication technologies which enable a broader range of expression and inclusion.


Timothy Neate is an academic at the Department of Informatics, King's College London. He is a human-computer interaction and accessibility researcher. His work considers the development of novel interaction techniques and design approaches to make the most of the full range of human capability. He has published work in these areas, mostly focusing on accessible digital content creation/consumption and accessible interaction techniques. Website: https://tdjneate.github.io/.