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Leah Findlater: "Augmenting Abilities Through Wearable Technologies"

STEAM Salon Series

Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Location: Engineering and Physical Sciences Library, Math (Kirwan) Building

How can wearable technologies be used to transform the accessibility of everyday activities for people with disabilities? This talk will provide an overview of our research at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, with an in-depth look at using head-mounted displays to support communication.

Leah Findlater is an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies (iSchool), an affiliate professor in the Department of Computer Science, and a member of the Inclusive Design group at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.

Findlater’s research centers on human-computer interaction with a focus on inclusive design and accessibility. Her goal is to lower barriers to using technology and accessing information, with much of her work focusing on personalized adaptation.

Before joining the iSchool, Findlater served as postdoctoral fellow at the Information School at the University of Washington. She has been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, given to outstanding junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars so they can further their research in their areas of expertise.

Findlater received her doctorate in computer science from the University of British Columbia in 2009.

The presentation is available on the UMD Libraries YouTube channel.