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Engineering Design Centre

Dr Ian Hosking


Dr Ian Hosking

Dr Ian Hosking

Senior Research Associate

Research group: Inclusive Design Group
Telephone: +44 1223 764102

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  • B.Sc. Physics, University of Essex, 1989
  • Ph.D. Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2021

Ian joined the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge in 2009 as a Senior Research Associate after 20 years of working in industry. His current focus is on the application of design in healthcare and design education for 11-18 year olds.

He is the co-founder and co-leader of Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT) which is a collaboration with the Faculty of Education. DOT develops teaching resources for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). These equip students with the “thinking tools” to creatively solve real-world problems with technology.

He is a director of Cambridge Clinical Management Analytics (CCMA) that develops software that helps predict and manage crowding in hospital emergency departments.

Ian managed an EPSRC-NIHR funded network called PRIDE (Promoting Real Independence through Design Expertise) which has developed new tools for healthcare design. These have been applied to a range of projects covering new medical device development and service improvement.

He is part of a collaborative project with Marie Curie Care and Sheffield Hallam University to develop a toolkit to enable the design of palliative care services.

He sits on the British Standards Institute Committee (DES/001) that is providing input to the new European ‘Design for All’ standard.


Selected Publications

  • HOSKING I.M., CLARKSON P.J., Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Understanding User Interface Visibility. In: Universal Access in Human–Computer Interaction. Human and Technological Environments. UAHCI 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10279. Springer, 2017
  • HOSKING, I., BOYLE, A., AHMED, V., CLARKSON, J., What do emergency physicians in charge do? A qualitative observational study, Emergency Medicine Journal, 2017.
  • HOSKING, I., CORNISH, K., BRADLEY, M., CLARKSON, P.J., Empathic engineering: helping deliver dignity through design, Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology. 39, 388–394, 2015.
  • WALLER, S., BRADLEY, M., HOSKING, I. and CLARKSON, P.J., Making the case for inclusive design, Applied Ergonomics, 2013.
  • NICHOLL, B., FLUTTER, J.A.E., HOSKING, I.M. and CLARKSON, P.J., Transforming practice in design and technology: Evidence from a classroom-based research study of students' responses to an intervention on inclusive design, The Curriculum Journal, 1-17, 2013.
  • BRADLEY, M.D., WALLER, S.D., GOODMAN-DEANE, J., HOSKING, I., TENNETI, R., LANGDON, P.M. and CLARKSON, P.J., A population perspective on mobile phone related tasks Designing Inclusive Systems: Designing Inclusion for Real-World Applications, Springer London, 2012.
  • NICHOLL, B., HOSKING, I.M., ELTON, E.M., LEE, Y., BELL, J. and CLARKSON, P.J., Inclusive design in the Key Stage 3 classroom: An investigation of teachers' understanding and implementation of user-centred design principles in design and technology, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2012.
  • WOLLNER, P.K.A., GOLDHABER, T.S., RUGGERI, K., HOSKING, I.M., and CLARKSON, P.J., Inclusively Designing Effective Healthcare ICT for Dementia Screening, In Proc. UD2012, Fukuoka, Japan, 2012.
  • WOLLNER, P.K.A., GOLDHABER, T., MIECZAKOWSKI, A., LANGDON, P.M., HOSKING, I.M. and CLARKSON, P.J., Evaluation of setup procedures on mobile devices based on users' initial experience, NordDesign 2012, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • HOSKING, I.M., WALLER, S.D. and CLARKSON, P.J., It is normal to be different: Applying inclusive design in industry, Interacting with Computers, 22 (6), 496-501, 2010.
  • LANGDON, P.M. and HOSKING, I.M., Inclusive wireless technology for emergency communications in the UK, International Journal of Emergency Management, 7 (1), 47-58, 2010.
  • HOSKING, I.M., Universal Design: from Awareness to Action, The Journal, Summer 2010, AARP International.
  • TAYLOR, M., HOSKING, I.M. and BRAZIER, D., Designing Effective User Interfaces for WAP Services (Chapter 3), in Understanding WAP: Wireless Applications, Devices, and Services. Van Der Heijden, M., Taylor, M. (Eds.). Artech House, Inc., Norwood, MA, USA, 2000.
  • HOSKING, I.M., Human Factors Engineering - Man & Machine in Perfect Harmony?, in proc. of 8th International Conference on Systems Engineering, 1991.