Dean’s Lecture Series at RIT Looks at Cell Phone Accessibility to the Deaf Community

Follow RITNEWS on Twitter Making cell phones accessible to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community will be discussed at the first installment of the Dean’s Lecture Series, sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Richard Ladner, Boeing Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, will be the guest speaker.

Ladner is part of a research project, MobileASL, at the University of Washington. Video phones are quickly replacing TTYs as the preferred method of communicating for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The MobileASL project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is trying to overcome the various technological challenges associated with utilizing video phone technology on the low bandwidth cell phone network. Video phones require significant computer processing power to compress and decompress video in real time.

Ladner will discuss the progress of the project at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Golisano College auditorium with a reception immediately following. His lecture is free and open to the public. An interpreter will be present for the lecture.

Ladner joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1971. His research interests include theoretical computer science, automata based computational complexity theory and distributed computing.