Vicki Hanson is Professor of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee, and Research Staff Member Emeritus from IBM Research. She has been working on issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She joined the IBM Research Division in 1986 where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. She has been at the University of Dundee since 2009.
She serves as the Dundee lead for the RCUK Hub on Social Inclusion though the Digital Economy (SiDE), leading the Accessibility activity and SiDE User Pool engagement.
She is the founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing.
She was elected ACM Fellow in 2004 for contributions to computing technologies for people with disabilities, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013. She is a member of the UK Computing Research Committee and a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS). In 2008, she received the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award for the application of HCI research to pressing social needs. In 2013 she received the Anita Borg Institute's Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact and was named One of the 25 Most Powerful Women Engineers in Tech.