Annalu Waller

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Interim Dean of the School of Science and Engineering

Bio

Research

Annalu Waller has worked in the field of Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC) since 1985, designing communication systems for and with nonspeaking individuals. She established the first AAC assessment and training centre in South Africa in 1987 before coming to Dundee in 1989. Her PhD developed narrative technology support for adults with acquired dysphasia following stroke. Her primary research areas are human computer interaction, natural language processing, personal narrative and assistive technology. In particular, she focuses on empowering end users, including disabled adults and children, by involving them in the design and use of technology. She manages a number of interdisciplinary research projects with industry and practitioners from rehabilitation engineering, special education, speech and language therapy, nursing and dentistry. She is on the editorial boards of several academic journals and sits on the boards of a number of national and international organisations representing disabled people. Annalu leads the AAC Research Group in the School of Computing which seeks to develop technology with and for people with limited or no speech.

Teaching

Annalu has over 25 years of teaching experience during which she has taught introductory programming (Pascal, C, Java); Database Systems; Human Computer Interaction and aspects of Assistive Technology to a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students. Her teaching philosophy stems from a desire to enable students to reach their individual potential and to equip them as future leaders.

Publications

Telling Tales
12/2018, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Blending Human and Artificial Intelligence to Support Autistic Children’s Social Communication Skills
8/2018, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Developing a novel system to support language acquisition in children with CCN
7/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Abstract

Gathering egocentric video and other sensor data with AAC users to inform narrative prediction
7/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Abstract

How was your day? My Film, My Story! teaching method
7/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

User Centred Design with Disabled Participants
7/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Exploring new designs of predictive AAC with disabled participants
9/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Musketeers for Storytelling and Film in AAC
9/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Abstract

Semantic Organization Preferences of AAC Users
9/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Abstract

Involving people with severe speech and physical impairments in the early design of a context-aware AAC system
9/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Abstract

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Press

New app relieves patients’ fear of the dentist

Rolf Black, Annalu Waller, Rachel Menzies & Daniel Herron

17/06/14

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



New app relieves patients’ fear of the dentist

Rolf Black, Annalu Waller, Rachel Menzies, Daniel Herron & Daniel Herron

17/06/14

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



Speech App Helps Disabled People to Communicate at the Dentist

Rolf Black, Annalu Waller, Rachel Menzies, Daniel Herron & Daniel Herron

16/06/1417/06/14

3 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



Activities

Assistive Technology - Exploring Potential

Annalu Waller (Consultant), Rolf Black (Consultant), Conor McKillop (Consultant)
28 May 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Activity Type: Consultancy

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Rolf Black (Organiser), Annalu Waller (Contributor)
12 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

AAC Technologies: Telling Tales

Annalu Waller (Speaker)
11 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Communicating Differently

Rolf Black (Organiser), Annalu Waller (Contributor)
10 Feb 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Activity Type: Attendance

Visit to CraigMillar Day Centre.

Annalu Waller (Consultant)
29 Jan 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Activity Type: Consultancy

Telling Tales : Unlocking the Potential of AAC Technologies.

Annalu Waller (Speaker)
5 Dec 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Technology for Independence

Annalu Waller (Participant)
14 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

14th AAATE Congress 2017

Annalu Waller (Participant)
13 Sep 201714 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Communication Matters

Annalu Waller (Participant)
10 Sep 201712 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Visit to School

Annalu Waller (Consultant), Rolf Black (Consultant)
30 Aug 2017

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Activity Type: Consultancy