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Supporting People with Low Vision with Augmented Reality

Shiri Azenkot
Assistant Professor, Cornell Tech, Cornell University


Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

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About 19 million people in the US report difficulty seeing even with glasses or contact lenses. Many of these people have low vision, which means that while they have functional vision, they have a visual impairment that affects their ability to perform daily activities. The vast majority of people with visual impairments have low vision and aren’t blind, but there has been very little research supporting this user group. In my talk, I’ll describe low vision and present an overview of the research my group is conducting in this area. We are working on studying the challenges that low vision people face when completing daily activities such as shopping and wayfinding, and designing novel applications to address these challenges. Our approach is to leverage computer vision along with the user’s residual vision and design augmented reality applications that enable people to complete daily tasks effectively

Speaker's Bio

Shiri Azenkot is an Assistant Professor of Information Science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, Cornell University. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the Technion--Israel Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in accessibility and interaction on new platforms. Shiri frequently publishes at top HCI and accessibility conferences, including CHI, ASSETS, UIST, and UbiComp. Currently, her research is funded by the NSF, AOL, Verizon, and Facebook. Before arriving at Cornell Tech, she was a PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where she was advised by Richard Ladner and Jacob Wobbrock. As a PhD student, Shiri received the UW graduate medal (awarded to just one PhD candidate at the university each year), a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and an AT&T Labs Graduate Fellowship.

Jeff Bigham