Hazel Boyd

Hazel Boyd

User Interface Engineer

Hazel works directly with users to understand needs and develop assistive technologies. Her core area of work is designing technology for people living with dementia. Her activities are primarily research-based, with some input into designing market products.

Qualifications

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath (2002)

PhD in “ Measurement of Functional Wrist Motion ”, Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, University of Bath (2009)

Experience

Research Assistant in the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, University of Bath

OsteoTec Ltd (TCS placement scheme with the University of Bath)

Associate member of IPEM (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine)

Associate member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Expertise and interests

  • Engaging sensitively with people who have dementia and their carers in order to understand their abilities and preferences
  • Detailed knowledge of the impact of short-term memory loss on everyday living
  • Flexible iterative design approaches for designing assistive technology that is usable by people with dementia
  • Applying user interface design heuristics to evaluate existing and prototype technology
  • Giving talks on academic research and public engagement on topics of expertise e.g. technology talks to carers groups
  • Orthopaedic design, including small-joint replacement.

Latest blog by Hazel

Misconceptions about designing for dementia – it’s simple or it’s impossible!

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Contact Hazel

hazelboyd@designability.org.uk

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