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About Kathrin Gerling

I am a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, where I am part of the Interactive Technologies Lab (INT LAB) and the Games Lab. My main research areas are human-computer interaction and accessibility; my work examines interactive technologies with a purpose besides entertainment. I am particularly interested in how technology can be leveraged to support healthy lifestyles, in my research I apply principles of user-centered and participatory design.  My PhD explored the potential of games to provide cognitive and physical stimulation for older adults, and my research on wheelchair-based game input, KINECTWheels, has been published at leading international venues, and was featured in the media. I hold a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and I received a Master’s degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Before joining academia, I worked on different projects in the games industry, and I still enjoy thinking about issues related to usability and user experience.

Subject Specialism

HCI, Accessibility, and Games

Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Computer Science — University of Saskatchewan, Canada,
  • M.Sc., Cognitive Science — University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany,
  • B.Sc., Media and Communication Science — University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany,

Consultancy

Games and Play Subcommittee Chair for CHI 2017 and CHI 2016, Area Chair for CHI 2015, CHI PLAY 2015 and 2014, FDG/DiGRA 2016, FDG 2015, ICEC 2015 and 2014, Organizing Committee for CHI 2018, CHI PLAY 2017 and 2016, British HCI 2015, CHI PLAY 2014, and GRAND 2014

Orcid ID

0000-0002-8449-6124

Research Interests

  • Accessibility

  • disability

  • Human-Computer Interaction

  • Older Adults

  • Video Games

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Designing for Agency and Compassion: Critical Reflections on Technology to Support Physical Activity in Late Life — awarded £4000 by EPSRC GetAMoveOn Network+ in 2017
  • Developing a programme theory of integrated care: the effectiveness of Lincolnshire’s multidisciplinary Neighbourhood Teams in supporting older people with multimorbidity (Co-I) — awarded £42000 by University of Lincoln Strategic Research Investment Fund in 2016
  • Experimental Investigation of the Effect of Within-Game Interventions on Gambling Decision-Making (Co-I) — awarded £14000 by University of Lincoln Strategic Research Investment Fund in 2016
  • An Interactive Training Platform to Improve Manual Wheelchair Skills — awarded £84000 by EPSRC in 2016
  • More Than a Game? Motives and Experiences of Soldiers and War Veterans Playing Video Games — awarded £1000 by University of Lincoln, School of Computer Science in 2015
  • Wheelchair-Based Action Game Design to Connect Players With Mobility Disabilities and Able-Bodied Players — awarded £1000 by University of Lincoln Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS) in 2014
  • Exploring the Potential of Video Games to Reduce Dental Anxiety in Children — awarded £1000 by University of Lincoln Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS) in 2014
  • Exploring the Value of Motion-Based Video Game Play to Support Persons Using Power Wheelchairs — awarded £37000 by University of Lincoln Strategic Research Investment Fund in 2014

Research in the Lincoln Repository


Professional Affiliations