Davide Bolchini, Ph.D., assistant professor of human-computer interaction at the School of Informatics and Computing, was recently awarded a second supplemental grant by the National Science Foundation to create Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) within his NSF-funded project “Navigating the Aural Web.”
By continuing the successful REU edition of Summer 2011, the REU project is funding the integration of two undergraduate informatics students into Bolchini’s human-computer interaction research team during the 2012 summer term. The students Lindsay Kaser and Callie Archibald are working hands-on in co-designing and testing novel ways in which we can navigate a website while on-the-go by listening to its content instead of continuously looking at the screen. Such application prototypes are also enabling low-vision and visually-impaired users to navigate the web via simple vocal commands instead of waiting for long lists of links to be read by existing technologies for web accessibility.
“I’m really glad to have this opportunity because undergrads rarely have the chance to work on research,” said Archibald, who plans to become a medical researcher.
“This has been a great opportunity because it’s rare for undergraduates to participate in and be exposed to this kind of research,” Kaser said. “I will be pursuing my master’s in human-computer interaction this fall, and I feel the REU has been very valuable in preparing me for the program. Working with Dr. Bolchini and his talented group of students has been quite a rewarding experience.”
For more information about Dr. Bolchini and his work, visit http://mypage.iu.edu/~dbolchin/