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.