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Colloquium - Lewis

Technology, Diversity, Flexibility
CHI Social Impact Award Winner

Technology offers huge advantages for people whose needs and occasions differ from the "typical". The potential comes from a wealth of new ways to interact with information and people. Realizing the potential requires flexibility: making it possible for people to choose the tools that best meet their needs and preferences. Technology has a vital role to play in enabling this flexibility, as well as in supporting underlying diversity.

Clayton Lewis is a Professor of Computer Science and Scientist in Residence at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado. He is a pioneer in the science of usability. He was manager of the Human Factors Group at the IBM Watson Research Center in the early 1980s where he led and inspired some of the first HCI projects on iterative, user centered design. He was elected to the CHI Academy in 2009. Most relevant to this Award, he has had a strong influence on HCI with regard to designing for people with cognitive, language, and learning disabilities. He has made designers and developers of accessible technologies aware of these groups, where previously they had been left out. Major projects in which he has participated include Fluid, an international family of projects on accessible Web Technology, the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure initiative (GPII), and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT). His work has been recognized in many ways, including invitations to contribute to deliberations on technology and policy in many national and international venues. Specifically, he has made presentations to the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee of the US Access Board, G3ICT, and the Interagency Committee on Disability Research. He also is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Commission AEGIS project.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)