Promoting Data Science for Accessibility with Publicly Available Datasets

With the explosion of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), several assistive technologies have emerged in the recent few years that enhance life experiences for people with disabilities. Much of the recent progress in these solutions is due to the availability of large collections of data (datasets). Because of the high costs of collecting and annotating datasets, researchers often make their resources publicly available. Public datasets attract, nurture, and challenge data scientists to work on specific problems, e.g., by creating problem-specific data science competitions. However, this approach has seen limited use in the field of accessibility. The project aims to promote data science for accessibility by increasing awareness on challenges of accessing datasets from users with disabilities and creating a repository with currently available resources.

Duration
Winter 2018
Investigator (other)
Mayanka Jha, Riya Chanduka
Total Award Amount
$1,000