RO-MAN 2021


Professor Marisol Moreno Angarita

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Title: Disability and Robotics: 'What is this about in the Global South'

10:40 - 11.20 - 12th August 2021

Bio: Marisol Moreno-Angarita Tenured Professor. Currently works at the Departamento de Comunicación Humana. Director of Research Group on Disability, Policies and Social Justice, Department of Human Communication, Faculty of Medicine. Marisol does research in Policies related to People with Disabilities in health, Educational, and Labour settings.

She is also an Early Childhood Researcher. She does advocacy at local, national and international level. She also conducts Qualitative Social Research.

Professor Praminda Caleb-Solly

University of the West of England, UK.

Title: Open discussion of future directions and impact on the design of assistive robotics

12.40 - 13.20 - 12th August 2021

Bio: I am Professor of Assistive Robotics and Intelligent Health Technologies in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England and Theme Leader for Assisted Living at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
I have over 18 years of teaching and research experience working on externally funded projects with partners from a diverse range of commercial and industrial enterprise.
My multi-disciplinary background, underpinned by degrees in Electronic Systems Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science, enable me to address technical issues from a soft systems perspective in relation to human experience of technology in different contexts. My current portfolio ofprojects includes assistive robotics technology to support older adults with ageing-related impairments, intelligent data processing for smart home sensing, sensor systems for understanding children's use of powered mobility and adaptive interfaces for driverless cars. I have also co-designed an app for self-management of anxiety, SAM.

Dr. Tillie Curran

University of the West of England, UK.

Title: Disability Rights and Robotics: Co-Producing Futures

09.30 -10.20 - 12th August 2021

Bio: My research is around Disabled Children's Childhoods Studies and developing co-production approaches and public engagement in research. My current project is Disability Rights and Robotics; Co-producing futures with a cross disciplinary team prioritising public involvement for user centred design and application. My background has been in social work education and teaching around these areas.

Esther Fox

Head of Accentuate, Screen South, UK.

Title: Art in the time of covid: Using telepresence robotics to enable access to museums and galleries

09.30 - 10.20 - 12th August 2021

Bio: Esther Fox is a Programme Director, Artist and Researcher, interested in exploring the synapses between medicine, art, heritage and digital. Esther is Head of Accentuate, creating opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people to participate and lead in the cultural sector and is currently working with over 20 Museums across England to develop a new project for disabled people wanting to pursue a career in Museums. She is also a Co Investigator on a major AHRC project, D4D and has taken an arts-based research approach to work with participants to create a piece of Virtual Reality to explore the troubling legacy of Eugenics. Esther also worked with Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly and Hastings Contemporary, during the Covid 19 lockdown, to pioneer the use of telepresence robots in giving audiences access to exhibitions and guided tours, which attracted world wide media attention. Esther is regularly invited to speak at conferences and events and was a key note for the 9th Biennial Lancaster Disability Studies conference in September 2018.

Associate Professor Andy Gibson

University of the West England, UK

Title: Using the evaluation cube online tool

12.20-12.40 -12th August 2021

Bio: Andy is Associate Professor in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and has a social sciences background. His research interests focus on public involvement in health research. He is the academic lead for People in Health West of England (, a UWE-led collaborative initiative on PPI in research with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC West), the West of England Academic Health Science Network, the Clinical Research Network West of England, Bristol Biomedical Research Centre and Bristol Health Partners.

He also leads the UWE patient and public involvement team based in the Department of Health and Social Sciences. Prior to moving to the University of Western England Andy led the development of PPI at the Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PenCLAHRC),where he established an innovative model of PPI which received national recognition. His work has involved developing PPI in research areas which typically have not involved the public, such as computer modelling and with seldom heard groups such as people with dementia.

He has developed a framework for conceptualising PPI (Gibson et al, 2012; 2017) that also has practical utility in the evaluation and planning of PPI. He was also part of the MRC funded team that developed the Public Involvement Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF). He was a major contributor to organising the first UK conference focusing on developing the evidence base for PPI, held in Exeter in November 2013, which was attended by many of the leading academics in the field.

Dr. Kirsty Liddiard

University of Sheffield, UK.

Title: Co-Production and Disability Justice: Centring virtual technologies

11.40 - 11.50 - 12th August 2021.

Bio: Kirsty Liddiard is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield and a co-leader of the Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman). Prior to this post, she became the inaugural Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Kirsty is a disabled feminist and public sociologist who believes in the power and politics of co-production and arts methodologies. She is the author of The Intimate Lives of Disabled People (Routledge 2018) and co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies (Palgrave 2018) with Katherine Runswick-Cole and Tillie Curran.

Professor Carla Rice

University of Guelph, Canada.

Title: How Can Disability Disrupt Robotics?

11.30 - 11.40 - 12th August 2021

Bio: Carla Rice is a Full Professor in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph and has recently completed her term as Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships. As founder and director of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice and the Revisioning Differences Media Arts Laboratory (REDLAB), Carla seeks to explore the efficacy and power of arts-informed research and research creation methods to advance social well-being, inclusion, equity, and justice in Canada and beyond.

MSc Sophie Savage

University of the West of England, UK

Title: Disability Rights and Robotics: Co-Producing Futures

09.30 - 10.20 - 12th August 2021

Bio: I am a Associate Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England.
In addition to teaching on the undergraduate Sociology programme, I also contribute to postgraduate programmes in counselling psychology and social work as a guest lecturer. I am a psycho-social researcher, and I am working as a research assistant on projects in social work and pedagogy. My primary research interests include disability, disability rights, autoethnography, and welfare. I am a disabled academic and I often draw on my experiences in my work.
I am a member of an interdisciplinary co-research team for the 'Disability Rights and Robotics' project prioritising public involvement for user centred design and application.

MSc Leslie Thompson

University of the West of England, UK

Title: Accessibility and Relevance within a cultural and legal context: Setting up specialised opthalmological services in Mexico

10.40 - 11:20 - 12th August 2021

Bio: MSc Leslie Thompson is a Clinical Psychologist-Psychoanalyst in Monterrey, Mexico. She is the founder and co-owner of Maccia, a centre that provides psychotherapy for people in critical situations as well as training for psychotherapists in critical psychology. Additionally, Maccia seeks to build another gaze towards mental health and social inclusion for people with disabilities through projects of visibility, awareness and inclusion. She is actively engaged in the creation and improvement of programs for the rehabilitation of people with blindness and visual impairments. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies in the University of the West of England, where she is conducting her doctoral research on the needs and obstacles for implementing psychological treatment for acquired blindness. She is also a clinical professor and the leader of Psychooncology of the Oncology Institute of TecSalud. She has presented her work in national and international conferences, creating conversations and shedding light upon the issues of the grieving and rehabilitation process of blindness, the psychological and social aspects of disability, and cross-cultural narratives of disability and identity between Mexico and England. She is a Board Member of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society and an international affiliate of the American Psychological Association, Division 39 Early and the Association of Psycho-Social Studies.