These two bulletins came out earlier this year and I know the university community would find them of value so I’m sharing…
The Bulletins provide a good background for an interview appearing today with Professor Gabriel Wainer where his students are vying for the 2012 Imagine Cup. Here is a link to Gabriel’s profile, research links and interview: http://tinyurl.com/bv96yu8
Today’s Topic: ACM CEO John White on Finding Tomorrow’s Tech Superstars at Imagine Cup
Arizona State’s Team Note-Taker, led by ACM member John Black, Featured in Video
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
ACM CEO John White thinks young people are good at coming up with creative solutions to real problems. "Competitions like the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup offer a window into the world of computing and its power to address the planet’s toughest problems," said White in an interview to highlight the Imagine Cup finals July 8-13 in New York. The event challenges students to build life-changing projects that can transform the world. It also raises the visibility of computing as a driver of innovation beyond the technology industry.
"The ubiquity of computing technology means that the more kids who get familiar with the fundamentals of computing, the more kids we can get involved in using technology in creative ways to do things we can’t figure out how to do on our own," said White. He noted that the winning participants in these contests, which include 350,000 registrants from 183 countries, are seen as superstars who are highly recruited for internships and positions at major computing companies.
Among the 2011 finalists is Team Note-Taker led by ACM Professional Member John Black of Arizona State University. The team, which appears in a video produced by Microsoft, developed Note-Taker, an assistive technology to help low-vision and legally blind students take notes in their secondary and post-secondary classrooms as quickly (and with the same ease) as their fully-sighted peers. (Enter password goodmsft to watch the video.)
Today’s Topic: Team Note-Taker, led by ACM member John Black, Takes Second Place in Imagine Cup
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Team Note-Taker led by ACM Professional Member John Black of Arizona State University won second place in the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Software Design competition at a gala ceremony at New York’s Lincoln Center. Note-Taker is an assistive technology to help low-vision and legally blind students take notes in their secondary and post-secondary classrooms as quickly (and with the same ease) as their fully sighted peers. The competition, which honors student innovations that address global problems, included more than 350,000 students from 183 countries. The finals featured more than 400 students from 70 countries.
An ACM member since 2004, Black is also a member of ACM SIGACCESS, the Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing. He has participated in numerous ASSETS conferences, which explore the potential of computer and information technologies to support individuals with disabilities as well as those around them.
The Note-Taker project combines a portable, custom-designed camera and a touch-screen tablet PC to allow the user to simultaneously view live video and take typed or hand-written notes on a split-screen interface. View a one-minute video at https://youtu.be/ZlNEjY0ZUbU