University of Illinois: Information Sciences Professor Developing Tool to Make Data Visualizations Accessible to Blind Researchers, Students
From the University of Illinois:
JooYoung Seo, a professor of information sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is developing a data visualization tool that will help make visual representations of statistical data accessible to researchers and students who are blind or visually impaired.
The multimodal representation tool is aimed at the accessibility of statistical graphs, such as bar plots, box plots, scatter plots and heat maps.
“Sighted people can pick up a great deal of insight and get the big picture from visualization, but visualized data is very challenging to those who are visually impaired,” said Seo, whose research includes accessible computing, universal design and inclusive data science. Seo, who is blind, is a certified accessibility expert. He also is affiliated with U. of I.’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where he is addressing accessibility issues for a National Science Foundation-funded high-performance computing project.
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