University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

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    Dr Kathrin Gerling

    Senior Lecturer

    School of Computer Science
    College of Science

    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 interfaces can be made accessible for audiences with special needs, and how interactive technologies can be leveraged to support healthy lifestyles.  My PhD research examined 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 game usability and player experience.

    Subject Specialism

    HCI, Accessibility, and Games


    • 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

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and 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

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • An Interactive Training Platform to Improve Manual Wheelchair Skills — Awarded £83,526 by EPSRC in 2016
    • More Than a Game? Motives and Experiences of Soldiers and War Veterans Playing Video Games — Awarded £1,000 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 £1,000 by University of Lincoln Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS) in 2014
    • Exploring the Potential of Video Games to Reduce Dental Anxiety in Children — Awarded £1,000 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 £37,117 by University of Lincoln Strategic Research Investment Fund in 2014

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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