Giulia Barbareschi

Giulia Barbareschi
Former: Research Fellow
Pronouns: she/her/hers
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Brief biography

Currently Honorary Lecturer in Disability Innovation, Department of Computer Science, UCL.

From the 1st of November 2021 I will be starting my appointment at the Keio School of Media Design under the title JSPS Research Fellow.

Formerly a Research Fellow in Disability Innovation at UCLIC and the GDI Hub working on the £20 million programme "AT2030 - Life Changing Assistive Technology for All". My work focuses on understating to leverage technology to support people with disabilities.

With a background in physiotheraphy and medical device science and a PhD in Disability and Assistive technology, throughout my career I have worked in hospitals, universities and UN agencies in several countries around the world. My research lies at the intersection of technology, disability and design with strong influences from disability studies and international development. As part of my work I design and implement studies with other universities, private institutions and NGOs to evaluate the impact of using different types of technologies, from mobile phones to prosthetics sockets, for people with disabilities who live in low-and-middle income countries. I am also a BSA Media Fellow and a STEM ambassador and I have an interest in science communication and education.

Research Publications

Authors
Title
Year
Publication
Maryam Bandukda, Giulia Barbareschi, Aneesha Singh, D Jain, M Das, T Motahar, J Wiese, L Cockburn, A Prakash, D Frohlich A Workshop on Disability Inclusive Remote Co-Design 2022 ASSETS '22, Conference paper (text), Athens, Greece
Giulia Barbareschi, Z Wu Accessing Intimate Interactions: Investigating the need for More Inclusive Sex Education Resources 2022 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, Conference paper (text)
Giulia Barbareschi, M Inakage Assistive or Artistic Technologies Exploring the Connections between Art, Disability and Wheelchair Use 2022 ASSETS 2022 - Proceedings of the 24th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Conference paper (text)
S Mishra, A Laplante-Levesque, Giulia Barbareschi, Witte L De, Sarah Abdi, A Spann, C Khasnabis, M Allen Assistive technology needs, access and coverage, and related barriers and facilitators in the WHO European region: a scoping review 2022 DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION-ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, Journal article
Temitayo Olugbade, M Bieńkiewicz, Giulia Barbareschi, V D'Amato, L Oneto, A Camurri, Catherine Holloway, M Björkman, P Keller, M Clayton Human Movement Datasets: An Interdisciplinary Scoping Review 2022 ACM Computing Surveys, Journal article
Giulia Barbareschi, W Teerlink, JG Njuguna, P Musungu, MD Kirino, Catherine Holloway Evaluating the use of a thermoplastic socket in Kenya: A pilot study 2022 Prosthetics and Orthotics International, Journal article
B Zhang, Giulia Barbareschi, Herrera R Ramirez, T Carlson, Catherine Holloway Understanding Interactions for Smart Wheelchair Navigation in Crowds 2022 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text), New Orleans, LA
Q Zhang, Giulia Barbareschi, Y Huang, J Li, YS Pai, J Ward, K Kunze Seeing our Blind Spots: Smart Glasses-based Simulation to Increase Design Students' Awareness of Visual Impairment 2022 UIST 2022 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Conference paper (text)
T Lukava, Ramirez DZ Morgado, Giulia Barbareschi Two sides of the same coin: accessibility practices and neurodivergent users' experience of extended reality 2022 Journal of Enabling Technologies, Journal article
Catherine Holloway, Ramirez DZ Morgado, Tigmanshu Bhatnagar, Ben Oldfrey, P Morjaria, SG Moulic, ID Ebuenyi, Giulia Barbareschi, F Meeks, J Massie A review of innovation strategies and processes to improve access to AT: Looking ahead to open innovation ecosystems 2021 Assistive Technology, Journal article
Giulia Barbareschi, T Shakespeare A right to the frivolous? Renegotiating a wellbeing agenda for AT research 2021 Assistive Technology, Journal article
V Austin, R Ayah, Giulia Barbareschi, D Boggs, B Chiira, Jamie Danemayer, Catherine Holloway, M MacLachlan, Ben Oldfrey, J Olenja Assistive technology 2021 Conference abstract/presentation slides
Giulia Barbareschi, M Swaminathan, AP Freire, Catherine Holloway Challenges and strategies for accessibility research in the Global South: A panel discussion 2021 CLIHC 2021: X Latin American Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Conference paper (text), Valparaiso, Chile
Ben Oldfrey, Giulia Barbareschi, P Morjaria, T Giltsoff, J Massie, M Miodownik, Catherine Holloway Could assistive technology provision models help pave the way for more environmentally sustainable models of product design, manufacture and service in a post-covid world? 2021 Sustainability, Journal article
Giulia Barbareschi, Morgado-Ramirez D Zuleima, Catherine Holloway, Swaminathan S Manohar, A Vashistha, E Cutrell Disability Design and Innovation in Low Resource Settings: Addressing Inequality through HCI 2021 2021 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text)
V Austin, Catherine Holloway, IO Vermehren, A Dumbuya, Giulia Barbareschi, J Walker “Give Us the Chance to Be Part of You, We Want Our Voices to Be Heard”: Assistive Technology as a Mediator of Participation in (Formal and Informal) Citizenship Activities for Persons with Disabilities Who Are Slum Dwellers in Freetown, Sierra Leone 2021 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal article
N Jahan, Giulia Barbareschi, CA Jan, CM Mutuku, N Rahman, V Austin, Catherine Holloway Inclusion and Independence: The impact of Mobile Technology on the Lives of Persons with Disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh 2021 2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020, Conference paper (text)
Maryam Bandukda, Catherine Holloway, Aneesha Singh, Giulia Barbareschi, Nadia Berthouze Opportunities for Supporting Self-efficacy through Orientation & Mobility Training Technologies for Blind and Partially Sighted People 2021 ASSETS '21: The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Conference paper (text)
Giulia Barbareschi, Kopi N Shitawa, Ben Oldfrey, Catherine Holloway What difference does tech make? Conceptualizations of Disability and Assistive Technology among Kenyan Youth: Conceptualizations of Disability and at 2021 ASSETS 2021 - 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Conference paper (text)
Giulia Barbareschi, MT Carew, EA Johnson, N Kopi, Catherine Holloway “When they see a wheelchair, they’ve not even seen me”—factors shaping the experience of disability stigma and discrimination in Kenya 2021 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal article
EM Smith, Hernandez ML Toro, ID Ebuenyi, EV Syurina, Giulia Barbareschi, KL Best, Jamie Danemayer, Ben Oldfrey, N Ibrahim, Catherine Holloway Assistive Technology Use and Provision During COVID-19: Results From a Rapid Global Survey. 2020 Int J Health Policy Manag, Journal article
Giulia Barbareschi, Ben Oldfrey, X Long, G Magomere, W Wetende, C Wanjira, J Olenja, V Austin, Catherine Holloway Bridging the Divide: Exploring the use of digital and physical technology to aid mobility impaired people living in an informal settlement 2020 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’20)., Conference paper (text)
Giulia Barbareschi, S Sonenblum, Catherine Holloway, S Sprigle Does the setting matter? Observing wheelchair transfers across different environmental conditions 2020 Conference abstract/presentation slides
Giulia Barbareschi, S Sonenblum, Catherine Holloway, S Sprigle Does the setting matter? Observing wheelchair transfers across different environmental conditions 2020 Assistive Technology, Journal article
Ramirez D Morgado, Giulia Barbareschi, M Donovan-Hall, M Sobuh, N Elayan, B Nakandi, R Ssekitoleko, J Olenja, G Magomere, S Daymond Disability design and innovation in computing research in low resource settings 2020 The International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Conference paper (text), ASSETS ’20, October 26–28, 2020, Virtual Event, Greece
Giulia Barbareschi, Ramirez D Morgado Individuality over function: the role of technology in disability identity 2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text), Honoluu, HI, USA
Giulia Barbareschi, Ramirez D Morgado Supporting the Voice of People with Disabilities in Kenya, Uganda and Jordan 2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text), Honolulu, HI, USA
Giulia Barbareschi, Catherine Holloway, K Arnold, G Magomere, Wetende W Ambeyi, G Ngare, J Olenja The Social Network: How People with Visual Impairment use Mobile Phones in Kibera, Kenya 2020 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text), Honolulu (HI), USA
Giulia Barbareschi, Enrico Costanza, Catherine Holloway TIP-Toy: a tactile, open-source computational toolkit to support learning across visual abilities 2020 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’20)., Conference paper (text)
Giulia Barbareschi, S Daymond, J Honeywill, D Noble, N Mbugua, I Harris, Catherine Holloway Uncovering unexpected impacts: the case of digital manufacturing of wheelchairs in Kenya 2020 RESNA 2020 Virtual Conference, Conference paper (text)
Giulia Barbareschi, S Daymond, J Honeywill, Aneesha Singh, D Noble, N Mbugua, I Harris, V Austin, Catherine Holloway Value beyond function: Analyzing the perception of wheelchair innovations in Kenya 2020 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’20), Conference paper (text)
Ramirez D Morgado, L Rasha, Giulia Barbareschi, T Suzuki, I Caplan, I McKinnon, D Brett, Catherine Holloway Adjusted method to calculate an electric wheelchair power cycle: fuel cell implementation example 2019 Journal of Energy Storage, Journal article
Catherine Holloway, B Chiira, Ben Oldfrey, Giulia Barbareschi, S Albala, R Ayah, J Olenja, Ramos F Barajas, S Chapman, H Dawes AT innovation ecosystem design – a kenyan case study 2019 Global Report on effective access to Assistive Technology, Geneva, Switzerland, Conference paper (text), Geneva. Switzerland
S Sonenblum, Giulia Barbareschi, S Sprigle, Catherine Holloway Does the setting matter? observing wheelchair transfers across different environmental conditions 2019 Conference abstract/presentation slides
Giulia Barbareschi, Jan C Aranda, M Nique, Barajas F Ramos, Catherine Holloway Mobile Phones as Assistive Technologies: Gaps and Opportunities 2019 Global Report on effective access to Assistive Technology, Geneva, Switzerland, Conference paper (text), Geneva, Switzerland
Catherine Holloway, K Gerling, C Power, K Spiel, Giulia Barbareschi, Anna Cox, Paul Cairns Disability interactions in digital games: From accessibility to inclusion 2019 CHI PLAY '19 - Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play Companion Extended Abstracts, Conference paper (text), Barcelona, Spain
Roxana Ramirez Herrera, BM Heravi, Giulia Barbareschi, T Carlson, Catherine Holloway Towards a Wearable Wheelchair Monitor: Classification of push style based on inertial sensors at multiple upper limb locations 2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), Conference paper (text), IEEE Syst Man & Cybernet Soc, Miyazaki, JAPAN
Giulia Barbareschi, Catherine Holloway Understanding independent wheelchair transfers. Perspectives from stakeholders 2019 Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology, Journal article
Giulia Barbareschi, Catherine Holloway An investigation of factors affecting the performance of wheelchair transfers 2018 Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, Journal article
Catherine Holloway, V Austin, Giulia Barbareschi, Barajas F Ramos, L Pannell, Ramirez D Morgado, R Frost, I McKinnon, C Holmes, R Frazer Scoping Research Report on Assistive Technology - On The Road For Universal Assistive Technology Coverage 2018 Report
Giulia Barbareschi, Catherine Holloway, Nadia Berthouze, S Sonenblum, S Sprigle Use of a Low Cost, Chest-Mounted Accelerometer to Evaluate Transfer Skills of Wheelchair Users During Everyday Activities. 2018 JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies, Journal article
A Symonds, Giulia Barbareschi, S Taylor, Catherine Holloway A systematic review: the influence of real time feedback on wheelchair propulsion biomechanics 2017 Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology, Journal article
Giulia Barbareschi, Catherine Holloway, S Sprigle Assistive Technology Design Courses: The Mutually Beneficial Relationship between Engineering Education and the Provision of Orphan Devices 2017 Annual Conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, Conference paper (text), New Orleans
R Harbird, Giulia Barbareschi, E Makrygianni, Catherine Holloway, S Hailes Fleas, Caterpillars and Cockroaches: A Summer School in Bio-inspired Robotics 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017, Conference paper (text)
Catherine Holloway, B Heravi, Giulia Barbareschi, Sarah Nicholson, S Hailes Street Rehab: Linking Accessibility and Rehabilitation 2017 2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Conference paper (text)
Giulia Barbareschi, Tsu-Jui Cheng, Holloway The effect of technique and transfer board use on the performance of wheelchair transfers 2017 Healthcare Technology Letters, Journal article
Giulia Barbareschi, R Richards, M Thornton, T Carlson, Catherine Holloway Statically vs dynamically balanced gait: analysis of a robotic exoskeleton compared with a human 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Conference paper (text), Milan, Italy
Giulia Barbareschi, T Bantis, Twigg, Tyler, Catherine Holloway The Use Of "Big Data" To Evaluate Accessibility Measures For Wheelchair And Mobility Scooter Users: The Case Of London Bus Network 2015 TRANSED 2015, Conference paper (text), Lisbon, Portugal
Giulia Barbareschi, Holloway, Brett A New Method to Calculate Electric Wheelchair Driving Cycles 1900 Poster, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2016 IEEE 38th Annual International Conference of the. IEEE, 2016 Orlando, Florida, USA
Giulia Barbareschi, E Tebbutt, K Mines Training in priority assistive products: report from the first pilot 1900 Report
Giulia Barbareschi, Catherine Holloway, N Bianchi-Berthouze, S Sonenblum, S Sprigle Use of a Low-Cost, Chest-Mounted Accelerometer to Evaluate Transfer Skills of Wheelchair Users During Everyday Activities: Observational Study (Preprint) 1900 Working/Discussion Paper
Giulia Barbareschi YouTransfer, YouDesign: A participatory approach to design assistive technology for wheelchair transfers 1900 Thesis / Dissertation