Dr. Donal Fitzpatrick is a lecturer in the School of Computing. His research interests are in the area of interface design, with particular emphasis on the creation of multimodal interfaces. Dr. Fitzpatrick's work has primarily focussed on the accessibility of all user interfaces for people with disabilities. he is currently working on the Euromath project which aims to improve the educational opportunities for blind people, by creating tools to provide access to mathematics in a non-visual way. From 2014-17, Dr. Fitzpatrick was coordinator of the FP7 EAGLE project. Dr. Fitzpatrick has previously been principle Investigator in the SFI-funded project entitled Barrier-Free Access to Mathematics. In 2014 Dr. Fitzpatrick was the recipient of the Enable award which recognised his outstanding contribution to the field of research into Assistive Technology for persons with Disabilities.
My research interests are primarily in the domain of human computer interaction (HCI). I have a strong focus on accessibility for persons with disabilities. I also pursue projects in the area of sound design for user interfaces. I investigate the role of sound in interactions between people and machines. I am also exploring uses of speech synthesis and haptic technologies in the design of user interfaces.