Accessibility Research – Change Individuals and Change the World
Thursday, September 21, 2017 — 10:45AM - 12:15PM
Accessibility research is an exciting field that employs the techniques of human-computer interaction (HCI) with the support of the complementary fields of computer vision, signal processing, robotics, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, and ubiquitous computing to design, develop, and evaluate technologies to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Historically, solving accessibility problems has led to major mainstream technologies such as telephone, speech recognition, speech synthesis, and optical character recognition. Working on HCI problems at the extremes of human abilities is challenging and very creative. HCI research that is concerned with average human abilities can have a lot of impact, but accessibility research that is concerned with improving the lives of the more than one billion people in the world can be personally very rewarding. While accessibility research targets smaller groups of people than some other HCI research, it usually results in a transformative impact on those target individuals’ lives. This workshop will bring alive accessibility research by listening to and interacting with three of the leading accessibility researchers in the world.