Simon Judge

MEng, Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Simon Judge

Honorary Research Fellow (Senior Clinical Scientist)

Department: School of Health and Related Research

Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research expertise

  • Human computer interaction

  • Augmentative and alternative communication

  • Electronic assistive technology


Telephone: +44 1226 432 159


University profile


I have made a significant impact on the electronic assistive technology field both from a service development, clinical and research perspective. I have been intensively involved in this community since the beginning of my career.

My current role is as service lead of the Barnsley Assistive Technology team. I have developed the team to become a recognised leader in the field with an international reputation for quality. The team provides NHS England commissioned specialised services for Augmentative Communication (AAC) and Environmental Control (EC) across the Yorkshire and Humber region of the UK (population ~ 5.5 million).

Barnsley AT Team

I am an Honorary Researcher at the University of Sheffield and collaborate on a number of research projects as co-applicant. I have been involved in successful funding applications to the value of over £2 million in the last five years. I have published a wide range of research in a range of peer reviewed journals and presented at key national and international conferences.

My work aims to have impact in the assistive technology field and for individuals who use this technology. My work has also impacted policy development and was cited in the NHS England service specification and convergence funding process.

Barnsley Hospital research

Current research projects

My research interests and experience cover a range of areas and themes including

  • AAC and communication aid design and decision making

  • user involvement in the design of assistive technology

  • health service research relating to assistive technology provision.

My research encompasses electronic assistive technology, with a focus on communication and access for those living with disabilities.