Jamie Knight and Lion
Dr Vicki Grahame
Dr Alyssa M Alcorn
Dr Will Simm

Jamie Knight and Lion

Photo: JamieJamie is a developer, writer, public speaker and mountain biker who lives in London. By day he works for the BBC where he is a senior accessibility specialist and spends his time working to make the BBC products usable by the whole audience. Jamie previously worked on the platform engineering team and as a senior developer on iPlayer Radio. Jamie is very proud he has code on almost every BBC webpage.

Jamie also does lots of public speaking, about the The Web and about autism. He has spoken at the Good Autism Practice conference as well as being a guest lecturer for Birmingham University and City University London. In total he has done over 50 public speaking talks. Jamie has written for magazines and other publications. He also greatly enjoys Lego and mountain biking.

Lion is a 4 foot long plushie who goes everywhere with Jamie. Lion’s main interests are trying to catch antelope and trying to buy smarties in bulk. Lion origins are mostly unknown, but he is very important to Jamie and he is familiar to everyone in Jamie’s Life. Lion and Jamie have been working together for almost 10 years. Lion holds the fictional post of "Antelope Manager" at the BBC. Mostly because he said he did and no one has felt brave enough to argue. Outside of work (!) Lion enjoys sleeping, snuggling and pouncing.

Dr Vicki Grahame

Photo: VickiDr Vicki Grahame is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University in the UK. She is the Clinical Lead for the Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service (CNDS), Newcastle, England, which is a specialist tertiary service that provides second opinions about children and young people who may be on the autism spectrum and have other complex mental health or neurodevelopmental problems.

She has expertise in the successful planning and delivery of complex interventions for children on the autism spectrum and their families and in adapting interventions to meet the needs of children and young people on the autism spectrum with co-morbidities. She has specialist training in Paediatric Neuropsychological Assessments.

Dr Alyssa M Alcorn

Photo: AlyssaAlyssa is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at the UCL Institute of Education. Currently, she works on the DE-ENIGMA Horizon 2020 project, which investigates whether and how humanoid robots can be useful teaching tools for autism. Alyssa has specialised in designing and evaluating technologies to support and teach young children on the autism spectrum, with a particular focus on social communication.

She has been active in the autism and technology community, particularly as an organiser for the International Meeting on Autism Research (IMFAR) special interest group on autism and technology (2013-2015). She completed her PhD in human-computer interaction at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics. Prior to her PhD, she worked at Heriot-Watt University on the ESRC/EPSRC ECHOES technology-enhanced learning project for autism. She has an MSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in Psychology from Mills College (California).

Dr Will Simm

Photo: Dr Will SimmDr Will Simm is a Senior Researcher at Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications. Will is a hands-on practitioner in participatory technology development across domains. Will is the tech lead on the Clasp project, which developed a digital platform to support personalised anxiety management technologies with autistic adults and their support network.

His work has been broadcast worldwide on television twice by the BBC, been awarded best paper at CHI2015 (a conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) and been shortlisted for a Times Higher Award for community engagement in research. Typically he works in agile, iterative sprints in multi-disciplinary teams with end users fully engaged as participants.