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Dr Oussama Metatla

Dr Oussama Metatla

Dr Oussama Metatla
BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Multisensory Human-Computer Interaction, Co-design, Inclusive Technologies, Crossmodality

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I am an EPSRC Research Fellow and Principle Investigator on the project Crossmodal Interactive Tools for Inclusive Learning, which investigates the design of technology that can improve the inclusion of visually impaired children in mainstream schools.

My main field of research is human-computer interaction (HCI), and my academic and research vocation is to explore and demonstrate how HCI as an applied field of inquiry can contribute to building a more inclusive society. I’m currently interested in the intersection of accessibility and computer-supported collaborative learning focusing on designing and researching multisensory and crossmodal interactive systems – systems that exploit a wider range of the human senses – to support interaction between people through digital technology.

Research keywords:

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Auditory Display and Sonification
  • Haptics and Tactile Display
  • Multisensory and Crossmodal Interaction
  • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
  • Digital inclusion
  • Participatory Design
  • Accessibility and Assistive Technology.


Oussama is a Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and holds a 5-years EPSRC Early-Career Fellowship. His academic and research vocation is to explore and demonstrate how HCI as an applied field of inquiry can contribute to making human society more inclusive of people with disabilities. He is particularly interested in exploring how insights and principles from multisensory interaction, crossmodal perception and embodied cognition could be used to design more inclusive interactions between people with and without disabilities. Oussama and his team use a mixed-methods approach to HCI research, combining theory with field work, co-design, and controlled studies and evaluation.

Ongoing projects include:

  • Inclusive education technologies
  • Crossmodal perception applications in HCI and HRI
  • Augmented reality and inclusive social interaction
  • Multisensory, and multi-person Virtual Reality
  • Multisensory interaction, emotions and well-being
  • Voice user interfaces, Auditory Displays, and Sonification
  • Child-Computer Interaction
  • Co-design, particularly with mixed-ability and mixed-age groups
  • Quantitative approaches to embodied interaction

Oussama received his PhD in 2011 from the University of London on the use of sound to support non-visual interaction with digital information. Following this, he was a Researcher Co-Investigator on two EPSRC projects Crossmodal Collaborative Interfaces (2010-2012) and Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (2012-2015), which were direct extensions of his PhD thesis. He was also an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University (2014-2015) before joining Bristol on an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship (2016-2021), hosted at the University of Bristol. 

Selected publications

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