Dr Mick Donegan - Biography

Dr Mick Donegan has many years of practice-based work as a teacher and an Assistive Technology specialist. He has extensive experience in assessing, teaching, training, and supporting people with complex communication difficulties. Mick was Deputy Head of Wilson Stuart Special School in Birmingham and Deputy Director of the ACE Centre, Oxford. He is an Associate Senior Research Fellow at SMARTlab, University College, Dublin, and is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Assistive Design at OCAD University, Ontario.

During 2004-2009 he was the User Requirements Coordinator in COGAIN (www.cogain.org), a European Network of Excellence investigating the use of gaze control for people with complex disabilities. In 2008, he founded SpecialEffect, which uses specialised technology to enhance access to video games and creative self-expression for people with a wide range of disabilities.

In April 2009, he was involved in SMARTlab's ground-breaking 'Duet for Eyes' performance at the Science Gallery, Dublin, during which two people with complex disabilities performed a musical duet using gaze controlled technology, accompanied by some of Ireland's leading professional musicians.

From 2010 he was an advisor for the European Commission funded T.O.B.I. (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction) Project. Since 2013 he has been an advisor for the BNCI (Brain/Neural Computer Interaction) Horizon 2020 Project (http://bnci-horizon-2020.eu).

He has published many academic papers and his work has been widely published. He co-wrote and edited Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking: Advances in Assistive Technologies, which was published as a Premier Reference Source by IGI Global in 2011. He also contributed to Assistive Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (published by IGI in 2013) and Brain Computer Interfaces in their Ethical, Social and Cultural Contexts (published by Springer in 2014)

Mick continues to be driven by a passion to utilise whatever technology is available to reduce the gap between potential and performance for all people with disabilities and an eagerness to collaborate with others who are similarly motivated to enhance their quality of life as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

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