Dr Peter Cudd, BSc PhD

Senior Research Associate

Peter Cudd

University of Sheffield
Room 1.06
Innovation Centre
217 Portobello
S1 4DP

Tel: +44 114 2220879
Fax: +44 114 2224095


I worked in the University for over 15 years and then in South Yorkshire hospital trusts before joining ScHARR in 2008. Since the mid-80´s I have worked in health related research and development and in multi-disciplinary teams. The latter started with an engineering focus, but increasingly, driving the research by user input has resulted in leading my work with more health and social science research approaches, i.e. to date primarily qualitative and mixed methods.

I am currently a Senior Research Associate and most of my work is focused around innovation in electronic Assistive Technology (AT), mHealth and teleservices for health and social care. This is currently supported via two routes. The NIHR funded "Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, South Yorkshire" (CLAHRC-SY). In CLAHRC_SY we are identifying innovative telehealth technologies that are needed, or, need to be evaluated because they do not yet have enough evidence to be used within the UK health service.. In the rest of my time I lead in short term Knowledge Transfer or research and development projects. This work means I have developed experience and expertise in working with individuals or small and medium enterprises with ideas for new AT technology.

I am currently President (elect) for the rest of 2015, becoming full President for 2016 to 2017 inclusive, having been Treasurer and board member of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) during 2011-2015. "2014-15 has seen a very active board and we hope to continue this in the coming years." For the AAATE and CATCH there is the added bonus of working together to host and oragnise the AAATE 2017 conference in Sheffield (see AAATE 2017 link).

Research Interests

My research interests include open and closed innovation as topics and across health electronic technology, electronic AT design and evaluation – including intelligent/robotic AT. My particular interests include : simplifying the users experience of sophisticated digital systems – bringing the philosophy of `Use of IT without understanding it´; so called mHealth – use of mobile technologies for any health and social care purposes; the role of patient information within tele-interventions; user centred design methodologies in the health and social care context; patient and public involvement; lay research participants views on research ethics and dementia.

`Use of IT without understanding it´ is practically embodied in an open source Windows™ application called Maavis (Managed access to audio, visual and information services). Currently in collaboration with an external open source developer and the University’s Designer in Residence, an html 5 and Apache licence version is being produced.

My recent short term projects within CATCH have included working on haptic technologies for people with visual impairments, telecare for people with dementia, leisure apps for people with dementia, and telerehabilitation for dysarthria.

Professional Activities

• President 2016-17 September - December 2015, member of the board (2011-2019) for the `Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe´.

AAATE 2017 conference organiser : Sheffield 11-15 Sept 2017.

• Honorary Senior Research Associate at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (since 2008).

• Faculty Knowledge exchange champion for ScHARR with a remit to focus on SME collaboration.

• Reviewer for the following journals : Health Services Research, Ageing and Society, Technology and Disability, Journal of Assistive Technology.

• Reviewer for the following International conferences : CSUN, AAATE, ICCHP

• Maavis community Project Management Chair.

Recent / Current Projects

  • Three University of Sheffield ‘Knowledge Transfer’ projects over 9 months. Funding total £61k with a gross values of £76k. One still current.
  • Four funded research projects over 1 year. Funding total £268k with a gross value of £330k. Three still current.
  • Two ‘other’ externally funded projects £135k, Both current.

Key Publications

  • Bacigalupo R, Cudd P, Oguntuase O, Elliott J, Williams EA. Continuing a Journey towards implementation of innovative mHealth in Health services. Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates: Knowledge Resources, Vol. 5, 2014, Eds M Jordanova and F Lievens, ISfTeH 2014, ISSN 1998-5509
  • Bacigalupo R, Cudd P, Littlewood C, Bissell P, Hawley M S, Buckley Woods H. (2013). Interventions employing mobile technology for overweight and obesity: an early systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Obesity Reviews. Obes Rev. 2013 April; 14(4): 279–291. Published online 2012 November 20. doi: 10.1111/obr.12006 PMCID: PMC3618375 2.
  • Bangar, S., Mountain, G., & Cudd, P. (2015). Assistive Technology: Creating and Engaging Collaborative Communities. Studies in health technology and informatics, 217, 730-735.
  • Bentley, C. L., Otesile, O., Bacigalupo, R., Elliott, J., Noble, H., Hawley, M. S., ... & Cudd, P. (2016). Feasibility study of portable technology for weight loss and HbA1c control in type 2 diabetes. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 16(1), 92.
  • Blackburn S. J., Cudd P. A., (2012), A discussion of systematic user requirements gathering from a population who require assistive technology, Technology and Disability 24(3): 193-204
  • Cudd, P. A., Nava, F., Boyle, B., Aalykke, S., Deleval, V., Girard, D., ... & Scaviner, A. (2005). Identification of Assistive Technology Service Elements Across Four European Countries. Assistive Technology: From Virtuality to Reality: AAATE 2005, 16, 23.
  • Cudd P, Nolan M, (2009) “E-activities for frail older people who do not understand IT”, IAGG Quadrennial conf. Paris
  • Cudd P, Warnes A, Roulston D, (2009) “Technologies for raising Elders’ quality of life”, IAHSA, London,
  • Cudd P, Judge S and Hawley M, (2009) “An innovations broker that increases availability of assistive technology”, proceedings of AAATE 2009, pp748-753, Florence, Italy
  • Cudd P, Boyle B, Hawley M, (2007) “Who determines the Ethics of AT research?” proceedings of AAATE 2007, pp605-9, San Sebastien, Spain
  • Draffan EA, James A, Cudd P & Bentley C. (2015). Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake of Assistive Technologies: Summary of a Literature Exploration. Assistive Technology: Building Bridges, 217, 350.
  • Gaidhane Y., Cudd P., Pawar M., Gaidhane A., Syed Z. Q., India, UK (2012) A Device for Separation of Heart Sound from Respiratory Sound Using Lab-View during Auscultation, Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates: Knowledge Resources, Vol. 5, 2012, Eds M Jordanova and F Lievens, ISfTeH 2012, ISSN 1998-5509
  • Hanson, E., Magnusson, L., Roca, J., Nolan, M., Cudd, P., & Marziali, E. Studies of telehealth and telecare services for older adults with chronic illnesses and their family caregivers: an international perspective. In Symposium 19th World Congress of Gerontology (Conference proceedings). Paris (pp. 5-9).
  • James SE, Brumfitt SM, Cudd PA, (1999): “Communicating by telephone: views of a group of people with stuttering impairment”, Journal of Fluency Disorders 24 pp299-317
  • Wu, B., Cudd, P., & Cao, J. (2009, September). Cognitive Analysis of a PC Based Simulation of a Powered Wheelchair Navigation Task. In Management and Service Science, 2009. MASS'09. International Conference on (pp. 1-10). IEEE.