Session Descriptions (2017)

This year’s events includes:

  • Keynote by Chieko Asakawa (who is visiting us from Japan)
    • Computers have been changing the lives of blind people. Synthesized voice helped them access online services. Now, new cognitive computing technologies are reaching the point where computers can help in sensing, recognizing, and understanding real-world for people without vision. In this talk, Chieko will talk about her research activities related to Information Accessibility that she has been working with, at IBM Research. Then, after introducing the concept of Cognitive Assistant for the Blind, she will show us a large-scale indoor navigation system, NavCog which her team has developed, as the first step toward the goal. Lastly, computer vision-based technologies that should help improve the quality of lives for the blind, will be covered by showing a variety of demos and videos.