Nonvisual Interaction: From Wearables to Tabletops

access_time November 28, 2018 at 01:30PM until October 28, 2018 at 02:30PM
place IST TagusPark - Room 2N 1.5 and IST Alameda - Room 0.19 - Informática II building (through videoconference)


Enabling access to computing devices is likely to have a huge impact on people's quality of life. Every once in a while, new technologies are devised and impact the way we communicate, work and even, how we have fun. Paradigmatically, it is often the case that a new technology empowers the general able-bodied user and fosters exclusion of people with disabilities. In this talk, I will present research projects that aimed to understand the benefits and flaws of modern technologies and how they can be improved for people with different abilities. Particularly, I will present a series of research projects on how we can make touchscreen devices more accessible for blind people. From wearable devices that convey haptic feedback to smartphones that understand Braille input and tabletops that feature multiple sound sources.

face  Speaker: Prof. Hugo Nicolau  

Biography: Hugo is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department (DEI) of Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon in Portugal. He's also a researcher at the Visualization and Intelligent Multimodal Interfaces (VIMMI) group at INESC-ID. Hugo's work motto is "helping people through technology". His research interests include human-computer interaction, accessibility, and user-centred design, focusing on the design, development, and evaluation of novel mobile and ubiquitous computing applications. Hugo's goals comprise creating useful and usable technologies that improve people's access to information, products, and services by leveraging individual abilities within context.