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UW Colloquia presents Heads in the Cloud: New Approaches for Access Technology

January 6, 2011 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

UW Colloquia presents Heads in the Cloud: New Approaches for Access Technology

Presenter: Jeff Bigham (University of Rochester, former UW CSE)
Host: Ladner

CSE 520 Colloquium
Thursday, January 6, 2011
3:30pm, EEB-105

The past few decades have seen the development of wonderful new computing technology that serves as sensors onto an inaccessible world for people with disabilities – as examples, optical character recognition (OCR) makes printed text available to blind people, speech recognition makes spoken language available to deaf people, and way- finding systems help keep people with cognitive impairments on track. Despite advances, this intelligent technology remains both too prone to errors and too limited in the scope of problems it can reliably solve to address many of the problems faced by disabled people in their everyday lives. In this talk, I’ll discuss the potential for always-available human computation to fill in remaining gaps in order to make intelligent user interfaces useful and practical in the everyday lives of disabled people, and show several examples of how my research is combining artificial and human intelligence to enable novel interfaces.

BIO: Jeffrey P. Bigham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester where he heads ROC HCI. His works spans Access Technology, Human Computation, and HCI. Professor Bigham received his Ph.D. in 2009 in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington under Dr. Richard E. Ladner, and has won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Accessible Technology Award, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award for Technology Collaboration, the Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 Award, and the UIST 2010 Best Paper Award.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at dso@u.washington.edu