Associate Professor of Interactive Systems
School of Systems Engineering
University of Reading
Reading RG6 6AY
Tel: +44 118 378 7668
Email: f.hwang (at) reading.ac.uk
Office: Room 160
My research is in human-computer interaction (HCI) with a focus on information technologies (IT) for older people and people with disabilities. My interests are in developing technology that is accessible and usable, and investigating applications of IT where it has the potential to impact positively on quality of life, for example, by increasing independence or improving treatment or care.
I am the Reading principal investigator on the NANA (Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing) project funded by ESRC as part of the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) programme. NANA is a multidisciplinary project investigating tools for assessing nutrition, physical function, cognitive function and mental health. A new project funded by the Technology Strategy Board will investigate ways to promote and support adoption of assistive technologies. I am also involved in projects investigating interaction methods for "extraordinary" environments, technologies to assist in changing behaviours relating to substance misuse, and tools to provide personalised speech therapy.
I am on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), and am a Member-at-Large for SIGACCESS (ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing).
I did my PhD at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department. I have BEng and MEng degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.