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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:55:55 -0400
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The CMU HCI Institute and Robotics Institute are looking for a postdoc
in the area of accessibility research.

Access technology has been helping people with disabilities access
information in ways that never before existed. Technology has improved
the quality of lives in work, education, and everyday life. These
innovations have so far been mainly about the accessibility of
information. As one example, digital Braille and voice-based Web
access have brought about an exponential growth in the information
available to blind people.

We believe the next innovation will be real world accessibility.
Cognitive computing is a key for this future. Our initial focus will
be on cognitive assistance for people who need visual support. These
cognitive systems will enable blind people to recognize and manage the
real world. We want to extend that exponential growth and substitute
for other senses, too.

Our ambitious goal is to make the three primary buildings of the
School of Computer Science at CMU and surrounding outdoor areas
completely accessible to blind people with minimal new infrastructure.
We need multi-disciplinary efforts to pursue goals in this area. We
are building a team with expertise in human-computer interaction,
computer vision, robotics, language-interface systems, and machine
learning. The cognitive assistance system needs to sense the world by
translating various types of sense information and predictions,
producing descriptive voice or other non-visual output.

Can your work support these goals?

There is no specific list of required skills or how they link to HCI,
but the applicant should be familiar with accessible technology and be
eager and capable of bringing ideas from cognitive computing to a
broad range of applications in accessibility to the real world. The
post-doctoral fellow would be supervised by Chieko Asakawa and Jeffrey
Bigham at Carnegie Mellon University.

Please apply for the position and let's innovate together!

For more information please contact Jeffrey Bigham
<[log in to unmask]>. To apply please send a personal statement
describing career objectives, background and experience along with a
CV PDF format to Jeffrey Bigham <[log in to unmask]>. Have at least
two references also directly send their letters to this address, with
your name in the subject line.

Chieko Asakawa
IBM Fellow
Distinguished Service Professor (CMU HCII and RI)

Jeffrey P. Bigham
Associate Professor (CMU HCII and LTI)

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