Our research group (Makeability Lab in the HCIL) is investigating new methods and tools for urban accessibility data collection and analysis. For Summer 2017, we are looking for talented, creative, and self-motivated undergrad research assistants with strong programming skills, technical background and an interest in urban accessibility to work on novel tools and applications for people with mobility impairments.
We are specifically looking for students who have one or more of the following skills and with a keen interest in expanding abilities in these areas:
You will be working in the HCIL Hackerspace, will attend weekly research group meetings, and will join a team of other talented undergraduate and graduate students. By the end of the summer, we hope that you will create some exciting tools, help us submit a publication to CHI2018 and have an enriching learning experience! :-)
For best consideration, please read this page about undergraduate research and then send your CV and unofficial transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org and CC email@example.com by May 15th. Use the subject line: "Summer 2017 Intern: << Your Name >>". We will contact a subset of qualified candidates to setup interviews and request other materials.
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Roughly 30.6 million individuals in the US have physical disabilities that affect their ambulatory activities; nearly half of those individuals report using an assistive aid such as a wheelchair, cane, crutches, or walker. Despite comprehensive civil rights legislation for Americans with disabilities, many city streets, sidewalks, and businesses remain inaccessible. The problem is not just that street-level accessibility affects where and how people travel in cities but also that there are few, if any, mechanisms to determine accessible areas of a city a priori.
Project Sidewalk has a two-pronged vision: (i) To develop scalable data collection methods for acquiring sidewalk accessibility information using a combination of crowdsourcing, computer vision, and online map imagery, and (ii) To use this new data to design, develop, and evaluate a novel set of navigation and map tools for accessibility. Our overarching goal is to transform the ways in which accessibility information is collected and visualized for every sidewalk, street, and building façade in America.