Dr Sean Jenkins is the Principal Innovation Fellow for the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Sean’s centre has a fixed lab and in this conversation he shares how the centre provides an evaluation service to industry through research both in and out of the lab, enabling the design for health-related products to be further developed. He highlights how applied research can improve the lives of people living with health conditions. Sean also reveals his career journey from a design course and how taking on new interests can be challenging both from a knowledge and time perspective.
Dr Atif Waraich is Head of Computer Science at Liverpool John Moores University and long-standing user of fixed and portable behaviour observation labs. During this conversation, Atif reveals the thread of science and technology throughout his career from building his research foundations, to his experiences in industry and his return to academia. He highlights how computer science provides students, fellow academics and external collaborators with access to the latest computer solutions for measurement and analysis. Atif covers topics such as immersive technologies, usability engineering and the design of new courses.
Cathy Dwyer is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Scotland’s Rural College and has been an Observer XT user for over 20 years. Here she talks about the various aspects of her working life, from her super interesting research on areas such as maternal behaviour and mother-infant relationships, to her advisory roles to a number of influential bodies and her commitment to student teaching and research. Cathy describes how a pragmatic and evidenced-based approach can be used to bring about change in animal practices.