Maryam Bandukda

Maryam Bandukda
PhD Student
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UCLIC, University College London
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London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom

My PhD research explores how assistive technologies can facilitate nature-based experiences for visually impaired people (VIPs). I'm investigating how VIPs currently use technology when outdoors, their needs in outdoor nature and open spaces, and barriers experienced due to inaccessibility of the environment or of technology. I'm also interested in the efficacy of current orientation and mobility training practices in open space exploration for VIPs. Having an understanding of VIP's attitudes towards technology and outdoor mobility and exploration, I aim to investigate how technology can motivate VIPs to engage with outdoor nature.

Brief biography

Prior to joining UCLIC as a PhD student, I completed MSc Human-Computer Interaction at UCLIC in 2017. My dissertation looked at the accessibility and accuracy of current GPS-based navigation technologies (mobile apps and standalone assistive navigation tech for VIPs) when navigating the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Previously I've worked as a Business Analyst and Digital Project Manager for Springer-Nature (previously Nature Publishing Group).

Research Publications

Maryam Bandukda, Catherine Holloway, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze PLACES: A Framework for Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted People in Outdoor Leisure Activities 2020 The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Conference paper (text), Virtual Event Greece
Maryam Bandukda, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, Catherine Holloway Understanding Experiences of Blind Individuals in Outdoor Nature 2019 ACM CHI'19, Conference paper (text), Glasgow, Scotland