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HCID Research Seminar - Search and Disabilities: the current Landscape




Speakers: Dr Andrew MacFarlane, City, University of London

Series: HCID Research Seminars

Seminar Abstract:

Information seeking and access is essential for users in all walks of life, from addressing personal needs such as finding flights to locating information needed to complete work tasks. Over the past decade or so, the needs of disabled users have increasingly been recognised as something to be addressed, an issue embedded both in international treaties and in state legislation. This talk is a survey of the literature on disabilities and information seeking and access with a specific focus on search. The aim is to provide an overview to both researchers and practitioners who work with any of the user groups identified. Some groups are relatively well represented in the literature (e.g. blind people), but there is very little work in other areas (e.g. autism) and in some cases no work at all (e.g. aphasia). We provide a classification of disabilities and address issues in search given the classification. Guidelines that inform disabilities and search either in use or currently in development are also reviewed.

About the speaker:

Andy is a Reader in Information Retrieval and is a member of the Centre for HCI Design at City, University of London. He got his PhD in Information Science under the supervision of Prof Robertson and Prof J.A. McCann (Imperial College London).

His research interests currently focus on a number of areas including disabilities and Information Retrieval (dyslexia in particular), AI techniques for Information Retrieval and Filtering, and Image Retrieval.

He is a member of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group and is a long standing member of that SG as well as a past chair. He was the principle investigator for a project funded by the TSB entitled "PhotoBrief" and is was also a co-investigator for the SocialSensor project.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 2nd March 2018

A109 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom