Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

Workshop on Developing AI Applications for the Disabled Held in Conjunction With: The 14th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)

Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

Workshop on Developing AI Applications for the Disabled Held in Conjunction With: The 14th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)

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TENTATIVE DATE 19 AUGUST 1995

TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION

Our goal in this workshop is to explore the application of AI technologies to help alleviate perceptual, cognitive or motor based challenges routinely faced by many people. In this workshop, we hope to gather together AI researchers working with the disabled, as well as others whose work may be applicable to the special needs of the disabled.

Although there is interest in applying AI techniques to systems that assist disabled people, the area is not yet a well-defined field of application. We expect many of our discussions to be exploratory, and will focus on the following points in particular:

1. Description of AI techniques or methods that have proven useful in designing applications for the disabled.

2. Characterization of applications in which AI techniques are likely to be of significant use.

3. Analyses of novel interfaces that can be used by the disabled.

4. Empirical studies of successes or failures, documenting the effect of AI techniques in designing applications.

5. The applicability of already established work in other related areas (such as robotics, computational linguistics, speech generation, etc) to such applications.

It is clear that there needs to be an understanding of what is needed in the disabled community as well as what is possible with the current AI technology. We are at a point in time when AI technology is advanced enough to make a significant difference in the lives of disabled people. A workshop at this time can identify matches between researchers' work and needs of special populations. Discussions of what has been done, what can be done, and what needs to be done will provide the necessary impetus to help make AI applications for disabled people a viable application area.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Dr. Vibhu O. Mittal (primary contact for workshop)

Learning Research and Development Center

University of Pittsburgh

3939 O'Hara Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Ph: +1 (412) 624-7040 (office)

+1 (412) 362-3165 (home)

+1 (412) 624-9149 (fax)

email: mittal@cs. …

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