[nobe-l] Introduction and request for guidance

adrijana prokopenko adrijana.prokopenko at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 12:28:13 UTC 2016

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group called Blind penpals. Many people there that may be able to help

On 4/21/16, Tony Stockman via NOBE-L <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> My name is Tony Stockman, I am a blind Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
> at the University of London, teaching mainly final year undergraduate and
> Masters students. I have occasionally posted to this list before, but it is
> worth mentioning my background again as it is relevant to the help I am
> seeking.
> I have a new PhD student, who is keen to work on a project that will help
> blind and partially sighted teachers and students. The system I would like
> him to develop would produce audio versions of graphs and tables, playing
> them back so that someone who could not see the screen could get an
> overview
> of the underlying data. There has been work like this before, but the
> second
> part of the project is what makes it unique. This  second phase of the
> project would involve turning this into a networked application, so that
> blind and sighted people could be looking/listening to the graph on
> different devices at the same time, discussing, anotating and possibly also
> jointly editing the graph. A couple of years ago we developed a broadly
> similar system to enable blind and sighted people to examine, create and
> edit diagrams together, which you can see and if you wish download from
> ccmi.eecs.qmul.ac.uk
> Where I need your help is to know from you whether you feel this is a
> useful
> project, any ideas for particular directions it may go, and certainly in a
> few months time we would be keen to provide prototypes for people to try
> out. A few specific questions I have are as follows:
> 1) Does this system sound useful to you, or do you think there are much
> more
> relevant problems we might be tackling?
> 2) If you had such a  system, how might you use it?
> 3) We could develop it for use on laptops, on mobile devices or possibly
> even on both, but, if you had to make a choice, which would you prefer and
> which operating system should it run under?
> Please, feel free to put forward any suggestions you may have, it matters
> enormously to me and my student that we do something relevant and useful.
> Also, as I have about 8 final year undergraduate projects and 5 MSc
> dissertation projects to run each year, suggestions for smaller technology
> projects might be possible to address within one or more of those, so
> please
> feel free to ask.
> Very many thanks in advance for any ideas and suggestions you may have.
> Kind regards,
> Tony
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