Accessibility From First Principles

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 17:30
TH 331
Joshua A. Miele, Ph.D., Director (The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Institute)

Dr. Miele will cover a range of topics related to his work in information accessibility research at The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. His idea of Accessibility From First Principles will be illustrated through examples of accessible design, and will be contrasted with outcomes which might result from a Checklist-Accessibility approach. Dr. Miele will also present a number of projects from his lab in the context of Description as a unifying theme in information accessibility (e.g., images, videos, wayfinding tools, screen access techniques, and interactive haptics).


Dr. Miele is a scientist with over 20 years of experience in developing innovative, information-accessibility solutions for blind people. He has a bachelors degree in physics and a Ph.D. in psychoacoustics from the University of California at Berkeley. As Director of the Video Description Research and Development Center, as well as Associate Director of the Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Blindness and Low Vision, he leads a team of engineers and scientists dedicated to addressing a wide variety of accessible information challenges in education, employment, and entertainment. Dr. Miele is currently the President of the board of the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and is formerly a board member of both the Bay area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP), and the Ed Roberts Campus (ERC).