Maryam Bandukda

Maryam Bandukda
Research Fellow Storytelling and Impact
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UCLIC and Computer Science
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London, NW1 2AE
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

Danita Mooney, Maryam Bandukda, Dilisha Patel Design Recommendations for an Inclusive Online Sexual Health Clinic for Blind and Partially Sighted People 2023 Conference paper (text)
FM Li, L Zhang, Maryam Bandukda, A Stangl, K Shinohara, L Findlater, P Carrington Understanding Visual Arts Experiences of Blind People 2023 Conference paper (text)
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 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 Conference paper (text)
Maryam Bandukda, Aneesha Singh, Catherine Holloway, Nadia Berthouze, E Brulé, A Tajadura-Jiménez, O Metatla, Ana Javornik, A Thieme Rethinking the Senses: A Workshop on Multisensory Embodied Experiences and Disability Interactions 2021 Conference paper (text)
Maryam Bandukda, Catherine Holloway Audio AR to support nature connectedness in people with visual disabilities 2020 Conference paper (text)
Maryam Bandukda, Catherine Holloway, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze PLACES: A Framework for Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted People in Outdoor Leisure Activities 2020 Conference paper (text)
Fineberga A End, M Savageb, V Austinc, S Boitend, J Droopd, M Allen, P Heydte, D Sondergaard, G Mitra ATscale – Establishing a Cross-Sector Partnership to Increase Access to Assistive Technology 2019 Global Report on effective access to Assistive Technology, Geneva, Switzerland, Conference paper (text), Geneva, Switzerland
Maryam Bandukda, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, Catherine Holloway Understanding Experiences of Blind Individuals in Outdoor Nature 2019 Conference paper (text)
Maryam Bandukda, Z Nasir Efficacy of distributed pair programming 2010 Conference paper (text)
Maryam Bandukda Technology-mediated engagement of people with visual impairments with nature 1900 Conference abstract/presentation slides