Professor Stephanie Wilson awarded Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocation for aphasia app project
City’s Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Co-Director of the Centre for HCI Design, Professor Stephanie Wilson, has been awarded funding valued at £6,747 from the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocation for her proposal, ‘Digital Technology for People with Aphasia: Delivering Impact’, which will support the development of an app for people with aphasia to enhance their creativity and digital presence.
This funding will also build on work currently being undertaken on the Inclusive Digital Content for People with Aphasia (INCA) project, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Aphasia is a language impairment, caused by brain damage, most frequently caused by a stroke. Aphasia is common and is a devastating condition, affecting people’s fundamental ability to communicate.
Professor Wilson has also played an important role in the development of Eva Park, a multi-user virtual world for people with aphasia, a language disorder typically caused by stroke. The collaborative research project between academics in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering and the School of Health Sciences, enables users to practice their speech and establish social connections.
It was created by the EVA Project, funded by the Stroke Association, which has for the last few years investigated the accessibility and usability of the virtual world, and explored the impact of therapy delivered in EVA Park on communication and feelings of social isolation.