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Dr Stuart Gray

Dr Stuart Gray

Dr Stuart Gray

Research Associate in Tangible User Interfaces for Children and Older People

Area of research

Interaction design and research: serious games and tangible user interfaces for children and animals

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Stuart is currently working on three research projects at the Centre for Innovation, focused in the field of Human Computer Interaction.

Tangible user interfaces with children in care and adopted children

Stuart is a research associate on this project, involved in researching and developing digital technologies to support children in care and adopted children with the process of life storying, a method for addressing past life events and developing the self. The team have been undertaking participatory design workshops to understand the differences in context and requirements of children in a range of care environments.

Environmental enrichment for gorillas

Stuart is principal investigator on a project seeking to support the cognitive enrichment of gorillas in captivity through the design of innovative digital tools and games. The project is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and Bristol Zoo. The team are currently conducting a literature review of animal-computer interaction and research investigating the use of technology to facilitate more effective communication between animals and humans. The project plan is to create game(s) which can cognitively enrich the environment of gorillas in zoos and encourage cross-species play.

Vision Game Labs secondment

For a few days a week, Stuart is also seconded to a serious games startup company, Vision Game Labs, who are developing games to assist in the diagnosis of eye disease in children. Stuart's role is to improve the serious game's design through user-centred design processes.


Stuart joined the Centre for Innovation at the University of Bristol in 2017 after completing his PhD in serious games for physical and cognitive wellbeing with children. Stuart's postgraduate work was completed at the University of Edinburgh and undergraduate work at Heriot-Watt University.

His background and interests lie in human computer interaction, considering how people use technology and helping to design better experiences. A great deal of Stuart's work has involved working closely with children and school, to create new technology through user-centred design partnerships. His work at University of Bristol, is applying these participatory design skills to new groups, including working with children in care and adoption, and even exploring design with animals.


  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Serious Games
  • Tangible-Interfaces
  • User-Centred Design
  • Animal Computer Interaction



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