Paul Nisbet

Senior Research Fellow


I am a Senior Research Fellow and Director of CALL Scotland, a Knowledge Exchange and Transfer Centre within Moray House. CALL (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) Scotland is the Scottish centre of excellence in the application of technology to support pupils with additional support needs.

CALL Scotland

CALL was founded in 1983 and since 1991 we have received core grant funding from Scottish Government to provide strategic leadership, information, services and professional learning in the field of Assistive and Communication Technology in Scotland. We also generate income through consultancies and contracts with government agencies, local authorities and research funders. CALL has a multidisciplinary staff team with backgrounds in teaching, speech and language therapy, technology and design. You can read about our work in our Annual Reports at 

My first degree was in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, followed by an MSc in Knowledge-Based Systems. In addition to research and development, I support a caseload of learners referred to CALL for Assistive Technology assessment and support; my particular areas of expertise within the CALL team are access systems for pupils with physical disabilities, and tools to enable students with dyslexia or literacy difficulties to access the curriculum.

I was one of the inventors of the award-winning Smart Wheelchair, a powered wheelchair control system for people with severe disabilities who cannot drive conventional chairs. It can be driven with a wide range of switches and controls and has a track following capability; collision sensors; and speech feedback. The Smart wheelchair and Smart Platform are now manufactured by Smile Smart Technology Ltd. in England.

In 2010 I was awarded the University of Edinburgh Principal's Medal.


BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

MSc Knowledge Based Systems

Responsibilities & affiliations

Chartered Engineer

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Project activity

  • Development, evaluation and implementation of accessible digital examination papers, in collaboration with the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
  • Books and learning materials in alternative formats for people with print disabilities (Books for All).
  • Development and distribution of Scottish computer voices (with CereProc).

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