Project Sidewalk Columbus, OH Deployment in the News
Published Feb 07, 2020
The Makeability Lab had its first ever "Video Game Night" (organized by ugrad extraordinaire, Aileen Zeng). We played Overcooked on the Switch, accessible air hockey, and ate pizza/snacks.
Jan 28, 2020 | Jon
While a PhD student in the Makeability Lab, Lee Stearns interned at Microsoft Research, Cambridge in the UK and worked on an early version of Project Tokyo, which was just announced publicly. According to Microsoft, "Project Tokyo aims to understand how to create a visual agent technology that is useful and usable in the real world by focusing on how AI technology can help to augment people’s own capabilities." Read the full news article here. Congrats Lee! Lee graduated with his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in Dec 2018 (news link) and is now at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Picture from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/project-tokyo/.
Some Makeability Lab members celebrated the Chinese New Year at Din Tai Fung. Yum!
Manaswi Saha gave an invited Google Tech Talk on Project Sidewalk and interactive accessibility geo-visualizations. The talk slides are here.
Our ASSETS'19 paper "Deep Learning for Automatically Detecting Sidewalk Accessibility Problems Using Streetscape Imagery" was just recognized with the 'Best Student Paper Award'--given to only one of the 158 submissions
Both of our ASSETS'19 papers were nominated for 'Best Paper' at ASSETS'19:
Aileen Zeng, our extraordinary undergrad researcher, presented Project Sidewalk to the National MS Society during their 'On the Move' luncheon in Seattle. Thanks to the MS Society for the invitation and great event.