Vicki Hanson is Professor of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Research Staff Member Emeritus from IBM Research. She has been working on issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She joined the IBM Research Division in 1986 where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. She has been at the University of Dundee since 2009 and at RIT since 2013.
She serves as the Dundee lead for the RCUK Hub on the Social Inclusion though the Digital Economy (SiDE) project and is Co-PI on the newly funded BeSiDE project investigating issues of care home design and technology in support of resident mobility and wellness.
She was elected ACM Fellow in 2004 for contributions to computing technologies for people with disabilities, and was elected aFellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013. She is a member of the UK Computing Research Committee and a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS). In 2008, she received the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award for the application of HCI research to pressing social needs. While in Dundee she held a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. In 2013 she received the Anita Borg Institute’s Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact and was named One of the 25 Most Powerful Women Engineers in Tech.