Developing Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities:
Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
Holly Yanco, Chair
This symposium will address applying the theory and techniques developed by AI research to the domain of assistive technology for people with disabilities, development of new research within the assistive technology domain, and the user interface issues involved in work in this area. Some areas of current work include the development of new user interfaces for computers to accommodate people with varying motor, hearing or sight disabilities, robotic wheelchairs, sign language translation systems, robotic assistants, text to speech systems for blind people, and automation of the process of converting textbooks and other written materials into recordings for the blind. In addition to presentations and panels at the symposium, a variety of systems will be demonstrated.
The goals of the symposium are as follows:
- Initiate a dialogue between the AI community and other research communities that will facilitate an exchange of ideas to further research progress.
- Identify areas of AI research that can be used to solve problems in this domain.
- Discuss how research in this domain can further general research in AI.
- Present successfully implemented systems.
- Discuss how user interface issues should be addressed when designing systems.