In recent years group members have been awarded millions of dollars in ARC Discovery and Linkage Grants and significant investment through industry sponsored research.
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Presenting graphics to blind students using a touchscreen interface extended with haptic and audio feedback
The project will develop a new approach to the presentation of graphics and other 2D information to blind students. It will be based on the Apple iPad extended with audio and haptic feedback. Currently, the standard approach to providing students with accessible graphics is to use tactile graphics which the student can feel. However production of such graphics is expensive and time consuming. Furthermore, it does not allow the student to interactively control the level of detail or to modify or annotate the graphic. Our new approach has the potential to overcome these limitations and to significantly improve the delivery of accessible graphics. The project includes extensive evaluation of the approach in the classroom.
Funding: ARC Linkage Project — LP110200469
Adaptive, responsive & intelligent documents
The internet is fundamentally changing the nature of text books, newspapers and magazines, transforming how we create and use such documents. These changes are set to accelerate with near universal access to high-speed broadband and an ever increasing range of mobile devices to access and create documents.
Comprehending and using information graphics, mathematical notations other representational forms
Humans use a broad range of representational forms including written language, pictures, notations, and diagrams. For decades, cognitive scientists and linguists have studied how humans communicate, reason and learn with them. Our research contributes to this body of knowledge by finding out more about the complex ways in which people, representations and contexts interact. We are interested in questions such as "What representations are most effective for a given task?" and "How can we help people choose good representations?" Our research has real-world relevance by informing the design of effective information displays and interactive systems.