Gill Whitney is an acknowledged expert in the field of Digital Systems with particular knowledge of the standardisation, legislation, training and technical factors needed to support the creation of useable, useful and fun technology. She is Head of the Design for All Research Group which carries out multidisciplinary research work in the area of digital and social inclusion.
Gill's teaching takes place in three areas as follows;
The Design for All Research Group carries out multidisciplinary research work in the area of digital and social inclusion. It utilises current and new high quality research theories and methodologies to enable all people, including older people and people with disabilities to be eIncluded and participate in the electronic knowledge revolution. The work combines and verifies relevant theory from a range of disciplines and is used to influence policy makers, professionals, academics and researchers
Gill has personal interest in Accessibility, Usability, Design for All, Standardisation and Innovation.
The Design for All Research Group at Middlesex University has recently undertaken research into the operation of the `Fix the Web' project (http://www.fixtheweb.net/). The `Fix the Web' project involves the use of online volunteers to assist in the reporting and fixing of inaccessible web sites.
Whitney, Gill (2019) The use of standards for identifying, codifying and transmitting expert ergonomic knowledge. In: IEA 2018 20th International Ergonomics Association Congress, 26-30 August 2018, Florence, Italy.
Von Niman, Bruno and Böcker, Martin and Floratos, Nikolaos and Martínez-Normand, Loïc and Pluke, Mike and Schneider, Matthias and Whitney, Gill (2015) Requirement and input collection: development of guidelines to allow people with cognitive disabilities to exploit the full potential of mobile ICT. In: MobileHCI 2015: 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct, 24-27 Aug 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Böcker, Martin and Floratos, Nikolaos and Martínez, Loïc and Pluke, Mike and Von Niman, Bruno and Whitney, Gill (2016) Cognitive accessibility to mobile ICT. In: 15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2016), 13-15 July 2016, Linz, Austria.
Kenaza, Tayeb and Aiash, Mahdi and Loo, Jonathan and Lasebae, Aboubaker and Whitney, Gill (2016) A progressive approach to design authentication protocols for mobile heterogeneous networks. In: IEEE Trustcom/BigDataSE/ISPA, 2016, 23-26 Aug 2016, Tianjin, China.
Tharayanil, Midhun Babu and Whitney, Gill and Aiash, Mahdi and Benzaid, Chafika (2015) Virtualization and cyber security: arming future security practitioners. In: IEEE Trustcom/BigDataSE/ISPA, 2015, 20-22 Aug 2015, Helsinki, Finland.
Gill has obtained and worked on over 10 funded research projects including 3 European funded projects. Her most recent funded projects were:
Gill Whitney's knowledge and expertise acquired from her research can be shown by the following selection of her recent activities:
Gill represents the skills and expertise of the University externally by her standardisation activities. She is currently chair of the British Standards Institute (BSI) Committee CH/173 Assistive products for persons with disability, a member of ISO Technical Advisory Group for the revision of ISO/IEC Guide 71.a member of JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility and a member of the ANEC Design for All and ICT working groups.
Her main current standardisation activity is as a member of ISO Technical Advisory Group for the revision of ISO/IEC Guide 71. This guide is designed to enable standards to be written that do not discriminate against older or disabled people. Her role is to assist in the writing of a guide (or electronic tool) which can provide information to standardisers in the ICT field so that the standards can be used to aid designers to be innovative without setting up barriers to use.