The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) Informatics Colloquium Series
Speaker: Kyle Rector, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and member of the Public Digital Arts Cluster at the University of Iowa.
Where: Luddy 1106, Dorsey Learning Hall
When: October 12, 2018, 3:00 pm
Topic: Enhancing Quality of Life for People who are Blind or have Low Vision using Computing Technology
Abstract: Activities such as exercising and participating in the community enhance quality of life, but they are often not accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. For example, people who are visually impaired are more likely to be obese, less likely to attend art museums, and less likely to be employed than people who are sighted. The goal of my research is to design, develop, and evaluate systems that enhance the quality of life for people who are blind or have low vision. In this talk, I will describe research in making exercise more accessible for people who are visually impaired. These projects address yoga, navigating outdoor jogging tracks, and virtual reality exercise games. I will then describe research in making artwork more accessible including an audio proxemic art installation. I will close with recent and ongoing work on enhancing quality of life using exercise and art exploration.
Bioraphy: Kyle Rector is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa in the Department of Computer Science. She has research interests in Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility. More specifically, she is interested in developing Eyes-Free Technologies that enhance quality of life, including exercise and art technologies for people who are blind or have low vision. She is a Google PhD Fellow (2015), an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2012-2015), a Google Anita Borg Scholar (2010), and a Palantir Scholarship for Women in Technology Semi-Finalist (2013). MIT Technology Review, Microsoft, Gizmag, GeekWire, and c|net have recently covered her research. Kyle received her BS from Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Oregon State University (2010) and her MS and PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, co-advised by Julie Kientz and Richard Ladner (2016).