State of the Science Conference On Rehabilitation Technology & Methods For a Changing Population

Logo: Smith-Kettlewell RERC -- Future Directions in Blindness and Low Vision

Date: Friday, December 4, 2015

Location: The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, 2318 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115

The goal of this invitation-only conference was to identify needs for future research in rehabilitation technology, methods for the blind and visually impaired population, and those with dual sensory loss.



8:45 - 9:15 Check-in and coffee/pastries

9:15 - 9:25 Welcome

9:25 - 9:45 Keynote: Paul Schroeder (link to YouTube video)

9:45 - 10:45 Panel 1: Changing Populations. How should we change our approach to assessing and addressing visual impairments? (link to YouTube video)
John Brabyn (moderator)
Don Fletcher (lead panelist)
Arvind Chandna
Betty Henry
Cathy Kudlick
William Seiple
Yue-Ting Siu

Dual Sensory Loss
CVI and other multiple disabilities
Age-related vision loss
Early education
Higher education
Student populations
Assessment of visual function
Accessibility of standard educational testing and assessment

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:00 Panel 2: Challenges in Community and Daily Living. What are the research needs and opportunities? (link to YouTube video)
Josh Miele (moderator)
Anita Aaron (lead panelist)
Ian Bailey

Mike Cole

Robert Shawn Wall Emerson
Linda Myers

Travel and transportation
Job training and finding
Health, recreation and entertainment
Access to educational materials
Smart homes and smart environments

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Panel 3: Technology Transfer. How to go from an idea to a product in the age of apps? (link to YouTube video)
James Coughlan (moderator)
Steve Landau (lead panelist)
Peter Cantisani
Roberto Manduchi
Larry Skutchan
Richard Oehm

Evolution of technology transfer from the factory to the app store
Challenges in adoption
Partnerships and collaborations
Business models and ongoing support problems
Dissemination of research results, monetization and intellectual property

2:00 - 2:15 Break

2:15 - 3:15 Panel 4: Access to Spatial Information. How can research leverage emerging tools to improve access? (link to YouTube video)
Val Morash (moderator)
Richard Ladner (lead panelist)
Harry Levitt
Dianne Pawluck
Sile O'Modhrain
Anh Bui

Auditory and haptic access to graphics and spatial layouts
Physical programming
Access to 3D design and fabrication technologies

3:15 - 3:30 Break

3:30 - 4:30 Panel 5: Networked Accessibility. What are the opportunities and challenges for harnessing crowd plus cloud? (link to YouTube video)
James Coughlan (moderator)
Paul Schroeder (lead panelist)
Gaeir Dietrich
Lucia Greco
Salimah LaForce
Joshua Miele
Hans Jørgen Wiberg

Remote Sighted Assistance problems and opportunities
Tele-rehabilitation needs and opportunities
Home appliance access and control
Distance Learning and Online Education problems and opportunities
Crowdsourced opportunities in blindness rehabilitation
Computers Plus People: How to harness and combine the advantages of each

4:30 Closing remarks

5:00 Wine and cheese reception


Link to conference report (.doc file)