Joshua Miele - Blindness and Displays – a quick survey of non-visual methods for presenting spatial information

Speaker: Joshua Miele , University of California Berkeley

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: Star (D463)

Event Type: Seminar

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Joshua Miele - Blindness and Displays – a quick survey of non-visual methods for presenting spatial information

In this rapid overview of non-visual techniques for displaying qualitative and quantitative data, Dr. Miele offers perspectives on the pros and cons of a variety of tools and techniques. Using examples and counterexamples from his own projects and the wider field, he will discuss insights on tactile methods and materials, auditory displays, sonification, haptics, description, and multimodal approaches to the non-visual presentation of information.

Dr. Miele is a blind scientist, designer, and disability activist, focusing on the overlap of technology, disability, and equity. He is Distinguished Fellow of Disability, Accessibility, and Design at UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, as well as a Principal Accessibility Researcher at Amazon’s Lab126. He has a bachelors degree in physics and a Ph.D. in psychoacoustics from the University of California at Berkeley. For over 20 years he based his work at the Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Blindness and Low Vision in San Francisco. There he led a team of engineers, scientists, and designers dedicated to addressing a wide variety of accessible information challenges in education, employment, and entertainment. His work integrates universal and inclusive design, accessibility engineering, education research, psychophysics, disability studies, and other disciplines, applying emerging technologies and ideas to a wide range of social and information accessibility challenges. He is most well-known for his work on Tactile Maps Automated Production (an award-winning tool that makes tactile street maps accessible for blind and visually-impaired travelers), YouDescribe (a crowdsourcing tool that allows anyone to add audio description to any YouTube video to make it more accessible for blind viewers), Show and Tell (an Alexa experience that uses computer vision to identify packaged pantry items), and the Blind Arduino Project (a collaborative community building and disseminating knowledge to support blind makers to independently design and build their own accessible devices). He is a 2021 MacArthur Fellow, father of 2, and lives in Berkeley California.

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