Archive for the ‘About Project’ Category

W3C & OGC Web Maps for Cognitive Accessibility

2020/10/05

On September 28, 2020, I presented at Maps for the Web. This was a workshop series created and hosted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

Workshops’ Overall Goals

Bring together experts in:

  • geographic standards and Web map data services,
  • Web mapping client tools and applications, and
  • Web platform standards and browser development

to explore the potential of maps for the Web.

Major Areas of Focus

  • improving the usability and accessibility of maps
  • encouraging the design of map-based experiences, and
  • building easier ways for researchers to share content.

I served as a panelist with fellow W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group members David Fazio, and John Kirkwood. Our workshop was Web Maps for Cognitive Accessibility (COGA).

Web Maps for COGA Background Info

Notes

MassVX for EasyText.AI

2020/06/01

I was accepted to a while ago to the MassVX Program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities).

MassVX is a program of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC). It matches Academic Innovators with Entrepreneurial Champions.

The MassVX Program is helping me:

  • translate my academic research to the market; and
  • expedite the spin-out of that research.

John Ripple, my MassVX Entrepreneurial Champion, has been working with me every week for months. His industry knowledge and sage advice are integral to the successful launch of EasyText.AI. I could not have asked for a better mentor than John.

Appreciation

Suffolk U. for EasyText.AI

2020/05/18

This is a message of appreciation for a Suffolk University team that has been helping me with my startup, EasyText.AI. It’s members include two smart, passionate, resourceful graduate students.

Barbara LaurentJackson Place

The team also includes their wise professors with extensive startup knowledge and experience:

Ken MooneySteve Munevar

The team has been helping me with research, pitch decks, business model canvases, market opportunities, and connections to potential investors.

I cannot thank this team enough!

 

MassCONNECT PI for EasyText.AI

2020/03/09

I was just accepted to the MassCONNECT PI program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities). I am excited!

MassCONNECT Pl is a program of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. It is for Principal Investigators in Life Sciences actively developing technology with industrial applications. 

The MassCONNECT Pl Program will help me:

  • validate my ideas;
  • obtain industry perspectives; and
  • determine a potential path with subject-matter experts and key opinion leaders.

Appreciation

  • For accepting me into the MassCONNECT Pl Program, I thank Lucie Rochard, Liaison for Scientific & Entrepreneurial Initiatives | Director of Innovation Services, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
  • For informing me about this wonderful program, and for guiding me in my startup journey, I thank Steven Munevar, Senior Business Development Manager/BRIDGE Fund, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 

MIT I-Corps Customer Discovery Interviews

2020/02/17

Please contact me! I would love to talk with you.

I am conducting customer discovery interviews, which is the focus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Innovation-Corps program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities).

See my related blog post, “MIT Innovation Corps for EasyText.AI.”

Please contact me! Thank you!

MIT Innovation-Corps for EasyText.AI

2020/01/21

I was just accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Innovation-Corps program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities). I am excited!

The I-Corps Program will help me:

Notes

Two of my wonderful colleagues will join me.

I thank Philip Loew for accepting me into the I-Corps Program.

U.S. Federal Interagency Accessibility Forum

2019/10/07


Today, I will be a panelist for the general session, Future Directions of Inclusive Technologies, at the United States Federal Interagency Accessibility Forum.

I will be speaking and answering questions about:

  • How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) help people understand what they read? (This relates to my EasyText.AI research.)
  • How can AI help people with disabilities live independently?
  • How can AI help people with disabilities gain and retain employment?
  • How we must not teach AI our biases.

Moderator

Betsy Sirk, Information Technology and Section 508 Program Manager, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Panelists

AI Empowerment & Fairness, Japan

2019/08/30

For the American Expert Speaker Program of the U.S. Department of State, I will give 3 presentations and participate in roundtable discussions in Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Beppu, Japan, from September 7 through September 23, 2019.

For two of them, I will focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) empowerment and fairness for people with disabilities, especially how AI empowers companies to hire a more diverse workforce. This will include the work of my colleague, Frances West, author of Authentic InclusionTM: Drives Disruptive Innovation.

For one of them, I will focus on the functions and activities of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and its INDEX Program, which I direct, as part of a larger discussion about independent living, the Internet of Things, and AI for people with disabilities. This will include my EasyText.AI research.

These activities are arranged and sponsored by the:

I am greatly honored that my presentations will be introduced by and/or the discussions will be moderated by the esteemed:

  • Ms. Kelsey De Rinaldis, Program Development Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Tokyo
    • Audience: 5 to 10 NPO representatives, chief staff members of business entities, and researchers who work promoting using AI for accessibility.
  • Dr. Ken’ichiro Takashiba, Director of the Joint Surgery Center, Fukuoka Mirai Hospital / Vice-Chairperson, Fukuoka Triathlon 2019
    • Audience: about 60 rehabilitation and medical staff and doctors.
  • Mr. Hidekazu Goto, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, NPO Center for Independent Living Support Oita / International Visitor Leadership Program in 2018 on Accessibility and Inclusion
    • Audience: about 30 support staff, persons with disabilities, local government officials and the general public.

I am indebted to the following people for arranging all of this for me, and/or who will be assisting me.

I am excited to learn from Japanese experts including people with disabilities living independently in Japan.

AI and Disability Interview

2019/06/17

AXS Chat recently posted to YouTube an interview of me about my artificial intelligence (AI) research and work for people with disabilities. I talk, in part, about:

  • the promise of a text-comprehension parallel between AI and people with intellectual disabilities;
  • how AI-driven Web text simplification will benefit other populations, such as non-native language speakers; and
  • my work to make sure people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism are not left out of online education.

I thank the AXS Chat members, Neil Milliken, Debra Ruh, and Antonio Santos, for their tireless work to inform the world about inclusion and technology.

Amazon re:MARS Accessibility

2019/06/14


Amazon Machine Learning Research Awards generously sponsored my colleagues and me to participate in last week’s Amazon re:MARS Conference. It was a global artificial intelligence (AI) event focused on Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space.

The conference was great with accessibility. I was assigned an employee who guided me everywhere and was just wonderful. The conference website was accessible and easy to navigate. When I identified accessibility problems with the mobile app and with SageMaker tools, Amazon personnel immediately assured me they would be fixed.

The sponsorship included participation in the re:MARS VIP Leadership Networking Reception. I was honored to speak with members of Amazon leadership as well as senior researchers from industry and academia.

We discussed:

  • my AI-driven, Web text simplification research;
  • AI fairness for people with disabilities; and
  • developing an Alexa skill for DisabilityInfo.org.