About us

The Neurodiversity in Design European Working group was founded in 2017 by Yurgos Politis, Nigel Robb and Bryan Boyle. We follow the UN and EU in believing that access to suitable services, products, and technologies, is one of the rights of people with autism and intellectual disabilities, and we think that participatory design represents an exciting way of ensuring this right.

Yurgos Politis

Yurgos Politis completed a Physics degree at the University of Athens, qualifying as a Physics teacher. He then undertook a Masters in Education and a PhD in Education in University College Dublin. He is currently a Marie Curie Fellow with the ASSISTID programme, spending two years at Michigan State University and one at University College Dublin. His project, Virtual Learning for people with ASD, will offer training on communication skills through a Virtual World. He will develop an intervention that could be adapted and personalized to meet the needs and preferences of each participant.

Nigel Robb

Nigel Robb received his PhD in philosophy from Queen's University Belfast. He also holds a Master’s degree in software engineering. His research is focused on the effects of video games on learning and cognition, and the application of games as interventions for people with disabilities. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at University College Dublin and a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University.

Bryan Boyle

Bryan Boyle is Lecturer in the School of Clinical Therapies at University College Cork. He has an extensive background in clinical practice supporting children with disabilities through the application of technology in therapeutic and educational settings. His research interests are focussed on the relationship between children with disabilities and the technology they employ to support participation. His current research focuses on inclusive design practice and on the application of virtual world technology on collaborative learning for children on the autism spectrum.