From Typing Without Looking to Communicating With the Eyes


Khai N Truong

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Toronto

Friday, November 18, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)
Seminar Video

Text entry is an important form of input regularly performed by computer users. However, there are many situations in which users might not be able to enter text using a physical QWERTY keyboard. One aspect of my research over the past 5 years has focused specifically on how to enable users to input text in alternate ways. My research in this space has resulted in a variety of novel text input methods, such as gesture based approaches to support eyes-free text entry and dwell-free eye-typing. However, in this talk, I will discuss findings from formative studies to understand the special requirements and capabilities of the users when they are unable to use a physical keyboard suggest that users need additional support for communicating with others. I will discuss the important challenges that must be addressed in the development of novel sensor based communication tools and future directions that should be considered.

Speaker's Bio

Khai Truong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Khai received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been an active ubicomp researcher for nearly 20 years. His research interest lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing, and investigate tools and methods to support the development of novel ubiquitous computing systems and techniques and models to facilitate user interactions with off-the-desktop computing devices and services. His current work also includes the design and evaluation of assistive technologies and context sensing applications.

Jason Hong