James M. Coughlan, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
2318 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-345-2146
Fax: 415-345-8455
coughlan@ski.org

James photo

Research goal:

To develop and test assistive technology for blind and visually impaired persons that is enabled by computer vision and other sensor technologies.


Publications

Tutorials and Reference

Journal Club

C.V.


Current and recent projects:

Display Reader

Crosswatch

CamIO ("Camera Input-Output")

Finding and reading barcodes

Novel stereo algorithms for detecting terrain hazards for blind wheelchair users


Recent workshops:

Special Thematic Session on Portable and Mobile Systems in Assistive Technology Impaired, a satellite of ICCHP 14

Workshop on Environmental Sensing Technologies for Visual Impairment (ESTVI 13)


Links to current and recent collaborators:


Funding:

PI on “Providing Access to Appliance Displays for Visually Impaired Users.” NIH grant no. 2 R01 EY018890-04 (9/1/13 - 8/31/16).

Co-inv. on “Video-based Speech Enhancement for Persons with Vision and Hearing Loss” (PI: Ender Tekin, co-inv.: Helen Simon). NIH Grant no. 1 R21 EY022200-01A1 (6/1/13 - 5/31/15).

Sub-contract PI on "Vision Without Sight: Exploring the Environment with a Portable Camera" (PI: Roberto Manduchi). NIH Grant no. 1 R21 EY021643-01 (9/30/11 - 8/31/13).

PI on “A Cell Phone-Based Street Intersection Analyzer for Visually Impaired Pedestrians.” NIH grant no. 2 R01EY018345-04 (3/01/11 - 2/28/14).

PI on “A Cell Phone-based Sign Reader for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons.” NIH grant no. 1 R01 EY018210-01A1 (09/01/09 - 08/31/12).

PI on “A Non-Document Text and Display Reader for Visually Impaired Persons.” NIH grant no. 1 R01 EY018890-01 (04/01/08 - 03/31/12).

PI on “A Cell Phone-Based Street Intersection Analyzer for Visually Impaired Pedestrians.” NIH grant no. 1R01EY018345-01 (9/01/07 - 8/31/10).

PI on “Wayfinding for the Blind and Visually Impaired Using Passive Environmental Labels.” NIH grant no. R21 EY017003-01A1 (9/30/06 - 8/31/08).

PI on “Traffic Intersection Analysis Algorithms for the Blind.” NIH grant no. R21 EY015187-01A2 (4/1/05 – 3/31/07).

PI on “Computer Vision-Based Terrain Sensors for Blind Wheelchair Users.” NSF grant no. IIS0415310 (9/15/04-9/14/07).



Last updated Sept. 2014