The first Change seminar of the quarter starts at noon today in Johnson Hall 111!
Johnson Hall is north of Drumheller fountain, across the way from Mary Gates Hall. -Philip On Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 4:29 PM Philip Garrison <phili...@cs.washington.edu> wrote: > Please join us Tuesday for the first Change seminar of the new academic > year! We will be in *Johnson Hall* *111 *this quarter. > > *Who:* Jon Froehlich, UW CSE > *What:* Project Sidewalk: Mapping the Accessibility of the World through > Google Street View > *When: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 12-1pm* > *Where: **Johnson Hall 111* > > *Project Sidewalk: Mapping the Accessibility of the World through Google > Street View* > Digital maps such as Google Maps, Waze, and Yelp have transformed the way > people travel and access information about the physical world. While these > systems contain terabytes of data about road networks and points of > interest (POIs), their information about physical accessibility is > commensurately poor. GIS websites like Axsmap.com, Wheelmap.org, and > AccessTogether.org aim to address this problem by collecting > location-based accessibility information provided by volunteers (i.e., > crowdsourcing). While these efforts are important and commendable, their > value propositions are intrinsically tied to the amount and quality of data > they collect. In a recent review of accessibility-oriented GIS sites, Ding > et al. found that most suffered from serious data sparseness issues. One > key limiting factor is the reliance on local populations with physical > experience of a place for data collection. While local users who report > data are likely to be reliable, the dependence on in situ reporting > dramatically limits scalability—both who can supply data and how much data > they can easily supply. > > In contrast, we are exploring a different approach embodied in a new > interactive tool called Project Sidewalk (http://projectsidewalk.io), > which enables online crowdworkers to contribute physical-world > accessibility information by virtually walking through city streets in > Google Street View (GSV)—similar to a first-person video game. Rather than > pulling solely from local populations, our potential pool of users scales > to anyone with an Internet connection and a web browser. In this talk, I > will describe the design of Project Sidewalk and a recent 18-month > deployment study in Washington DC. I will close with a discussion of our > current and future work investigating correlates to urban accessibility, > training machine learning algorithms to automatically assess accessibility, > and interactive tools that create better transparency about accessible > infrastructure. Our overarching goal is to transform how accessibility data > is collected and visualized. > > *Bio:* http://www.cs.umd.edu/~jonf/ > I received my Phd in Computer Science from the University of Washington in > December 2011 where I was a Microsoft Research Graduate Fellow and the 2010 > College of Engineering "Graduate Innovator of the Year." My PhD > dissertation entitled "Sensing and Feedback of Everyday Activities to > Promote Environmental Behaviors" won numerous awards including the 2012 > University of Washington Distinguished Dissertation Award and an honorable > mention for the national 2012 Council of Graduate Schools Distinguished > Dissertation Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. > > At UW, I was co-advised by James Landay and Shwetak Patel. I also have an > MS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, > Irvine where I was advised by Paul Dourish. During my graduate studies, I > was fortunate to intern at a number of great research labs including > Telefonica Research in Barcelona, Microsoft Research in Redmond, and Intel > Research in Seattle. > > > We will try to get a livestream up for this talk. > _______________________________________________ > change mailing list > firstname.lastname@example.org > http://changemm.cs.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/change >
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