Challenges and Opportunities in Accessibility Research

Speaker: Chieko Asakawa , IBM Research Tokyo

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Refreshments: 2:45 PM

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Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room 32-G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Challenges and Opportunities in Accessibility Research

Accessibility technologies have been empowering people with disabilities for education and work and in their daily lives by providing access to massive information resources and various online services, which are often inaccessible in the physical world. IBM Research has played an important role in this evolution since the early days of personal computers. In this presentation, she will first give an overview of the history, and introduce some of the contributions she was involved in, such as IBM Hope Page Reader, aDesigner, and ai-Browser. She will also emphasize the importance of open computing with examples of our contributions to The final part of her presentation will be the largest new challenges and opportunities of Web 2.0. The Social Accessibility project is her latest approach to improve Web accessibility by gathering users’ voices and crowd-sourcing strategy. The system involves integrating Web accessibility technologies with social computing technologies. She will conclude her speech with the revolutionary expansion of accessibility technologies for larger groups who can benefit from accessibility technologies, such as senior citizens, semi-literates, and mobile users.

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Chieko joined IBM in 1985 after completing the computer science courses for the blind at Lighthouse Japan. She received a B.A. degree in English literature from Ottemon University in 1982, and a Ph.D in Engineering from The University of Tokyo in 2004. She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan, the Information Processing Society of Japan, and IBM Academy of Technology. She has been supporting accessibility related open standards efforts, and she is currently serving as a co-general chair for the international conference for Web accessibility (W4A) 2010. She was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2003, and both within and outside of IBM, she has been actively working to help women engineers pursue technical careers. Chieko was appointed to IBM Fellow in 2009, IBM's most prestigious technical honor.

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