By the end of 2013, both Microsoft and Apple predict that touchscreen-based tablets will outsell PCs. With this transition comes the critical need to ensure that touchscreens are accessible for the broadest range of users.
PhD, University of British Columbia
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Leah Findlater is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. She also has an affiliate appointment in Computer Science. The goal of her research in human-computer interaction (HCI) is to ensure that the next generation of mobile and wearable technologies are designed to meet the needs of the broadest range of users. A major thread of her work focuses on designing new interfaces and interactions that are accessible to users with visual and motor impairments. More generally, she is interested in how to create technologies that adapt to accommodate individual user needs and preferences, whether to improve basic interactions such as touchscreen text entry or more complex tasks such as working with machine learning models.
New mobile and wearable technologies for broad use as well as for the needs of people with motor or visual impairments
- INST 728Z - Inclusive Technology Design
- INST 631 - Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction
- INST 630 - Introduction to Programming for the Information Professional