Prof. Vicki L. Hanson

Principle Investigator

My interests relate to improving the lives of individuals in everyday living.   My career has been devoted to finding ways that technological solutions can benefit older people or people who have a disability.  With BESiDE, we undertake the challenge of finding ways in which the environment of care homes can best suit the needs of residents.   As Principal Investigator for BESiDE, I am responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the research converge to meet our project aims.  BESiDE researchers comprise a multidisciplinary team working with a consortium of external project partners and expert advisors.  Our goal is design improvement, to be achieved by researchers architects, professional bodies, academics, policy makers, charities, and care home providers working together to examine how improvement in environment designs can be engineered to facilitate psychical activity and increased wellbeing of residents.

Skills: Human-computer interaction methods, accessibility, management

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Contact Details
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University of Dundee
United Kingdom


  • BESiDE Principal Investigator Elected President of ACM

    BESiDE's Principle Investigator, Prof. Vicki Hanson, has been elected as President of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) for the term July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018.

  • ACM L@S 2016
    Third Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    This conference was created by ACM as a new scholarly venue and key focal point for the review and presentation of the highest quality research on how learning and teaching can change and improve when done at scale.

  • Digital Rochester
    Intro to User Experience - Ladies Leading UX

    A Talk

    Organizations are investing in User Experience (UX) to strengthen their competitive position. User Experience teams initially focused on Web design and have extended into product development design. In our community, we have a great team of ladies leading UX efforts. We'd like to introduce you to the emerging topic of UX and their experiences launching and leading UX teams.  Dr.

  • SICSA Women in Computing Research WICR-2016
    Computing For Humans

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    SICSA Women in Computing Research (WICR-2016) is the 4th event in the series to be supported by the SICSA modelling and abstraction theme. This is a research and networking event, with focus on engaging with funders and developing research leadership skills. WICR-2016 provides a valuable forum for women to share ideas and benefit from topics that are particularly relevant and tailored to their interest.

  • Design for wellbeing
    Innovative research methods for understanding older people's everyday mobility

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    There is wide recognition that the design of the environment can contribute to promoting independent mobility, healthy activity and social engagement among an increasingly older population (MRC, 2010, A strategy for collaborative ageing research in the UK). A growing corpus of research is focusing on how design influences older people’s mobility and how this directly and indirectly impacts wellbeing.

  • SiDE User Pool
    Celebration of Contributions to Research

    An Open day

    Around 90 older adults from across Scotland visited the School of Computing at the University of Dundee for a special event to celebrate their work helping researchers to develop more inclusive technologies.

    The Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE) User Pool, based in Dundee and including members across Scotland supported 30 academics to complete 50 research activities over the last five years. The User Pool is comprised of individuals who volunteered to help research into the digital exclusion of older adults and people with disabilities. 

  • Digital Economy All Hands Meeting 2014

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    BESiDE contributed to the Digital Economy All Hands Meeting 2014 'The application of Digital Innovation'.

    The Digital Economy All Hands conference brings together the UK's most innovative thinkers and researchers to share ideas on how to impact society across a range of sectors; including, transport, healthcare, financial services, and the creative industries.

  • Prof Vicki Hanson honoured to be included in Pack of Playing Cards

    BESiDE Principal Investigator, Prof Vicki L. Hanson has been included among the many worthy women being celebrated by the Notable Women in Computing Playing cards set.  

    Women have been leaders in computing from the start, but not enough of our contributions are remembered. Keep our history.

  • ACM
    ASSETS 2014

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    BESiDE were at ASSETS 2014, to present our work and hear about cutting edge developments in accessibility research. ASSETS is a significant international conference attracting the experts in accessible computing.

    The BESiDE team were be there as part of the School of Computing’s Social Inclusion team who had an exceptionally high acceptance rate this year. BESiDE's Principal Investigator Prof. Vicki Hanson presented the keynote as a consequence of her Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility.

  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility

    In recognition of her sustained and wide-ranging contributions including industry, academia, and policy organizations Prof Vicki Hanson has been presented with the SiGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility.  

  • Dagstuhl Seminars
    Dagstuhl Seminar 14362 - Augmenting Human Memory

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    BESiDE's Principal Investigator, Prof Vicki Hanson is at Schloss Dagstuhl contributing to Dagstuhl Seminar 14362 Augmenting Human Memory - Capture and Recall in the Era of Lifelogging.

  • Prof Vicki Hanson Elected Vice-President ACM

    Our Principle Investigator, Prof. Vicki Hanson, has taken up office as Vice-President of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM).

    ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.  It delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.

  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Showcase
    The Architect, the Built Environment and the Ageing Population: We need a better connection with the design needs of older people

    A Scientific Meeting (conference, seminar etc.)

    In designing a supportive built environment that encompasses, inclusion, wellbeing, independence and mobility, Architects encounter key challenges as they try to connect with the requirements of an ageing population. Within the context of the BESiDE project (which investigates how older people can be better supported by the built environment of care homes) we examine how Architecture is preparing for the needs of an ageing population.