May 20, 2016
The Wall Lab has been keeping busy these last few months with many exciting conferences and events. Below are conferences where you will find members of the team, with information regarding each event.
Big Data in Biomedicine Conference at Stanford University, May 25-26. Big Data will be a large, two-day event on harnessing datasets of biomedical information to prevent and cure diseas. Specific topics will discuss predictive and preventative, personalized, patient-centered, participatory, and preeminent health care. This will be an incredible opportunity for the collaboration of big-data analysis and medicine to tackle issues of human health we face today.
Bio-X 2016 Science Day at Stanford’s Clark Center, June 10. This is an opportunity for young children and teenagers to engage and become interested in science and technology. Booths will be set up displaying demonstrations and experiments, such as how magnets work, anatomy, solar power, robotics, genetics, and microbiology. The Autism Glass team will have a booth set up this year to give demonstrations of the glasses and provide information on other research and work currently ongoing for the project.
EurekaFest 2016 at MIT, June 17-18. EurekaFest will be a two-day event celebrating youth and role models who have shown incredible creativity and problem-solving skills in their field. Day one will be an opportunity for members of the 2016 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams and the 2016 IntenTeams to present their invention prototypes; winners of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize will have the opportunity to discuss their inventions and will be awarded prizes for their achievements. The final day of the event will include high school students involved in the invention process, where they will be asked to create a wind-powered device that can hover over 30 feet while carrying a payload.
Stay tuned for more updates and information on all the exciting things the lab is up to!
May 20, 2016
Late last month the Wall Lab’s Autism Google Glass AI technology was featured in an article by [Springwise,] (http://www.springwise.com/ai-glasses-helps-children-autism-read-facial-expressions/) describing how the device is used in helping autistic children become more comfortable and aware of social cues and interactions. For the child wearing the glasses, the outward facing camera reads faces of family members and reads their expressions in real-time, while also recording how much eye contact the wearer makes with each face in his or her field of vision. Parents can also engage their child in games that prompt the wearer to find a face and recognize the expression; when the expression is correctly identified, an emoticon pops up on their screen. The glasses are connected to the Android app and record interactions and expressions that are color-coded and easy to interpret. The Android app and glasses, so far in this phase of research, is already showing positive signs of improvement in a child’s willingness to make eye contact and properly assess various social situations at home and in pubilc.
May 20, 2016
On May 17th, the Autism Google Glass team attended Stanford’s Media-X 2016 conference. This year’s theme was “Augmenting Personal Intelligence: Insights from Human Sciences and Information Technology,” where presenters, demonstrators, and panels showcased new concepts and research. Here, business, learning, and entertainment collaborated with information technology and science. For more information on the conference and events held, please visit http://mediax.stanford.edu/news/mediax-2016-conference.
May 19, 2016
Earlier this month members of the Autism Google Glass team presented their poster “A Wearable Social Interaction Aid for Children with Autism” at the Computational and Mental Health workshop (CHI) in San Jose, California. CHI is a workshop built to bring together active researchers in computer science, cognitive psychology, design, social science, human facors, artificial intelligence, graphics, visualization, multi-media design, among others. This year’s conference focused on wearble and ubiquitous technology used to better understand and treat mental illnesses, while allowing for more opportunies for collaboration and cross-pollunation in research fields.
May 19, 2016
In late April, Dr. Wall attended UBS’s Global Autism Innovation Roundtable in San Francisco. An article on the event by USA Today touches on the advocacy for autism research, especially where it is powered by technology. UBS put some of the top scientists and researchers at the same table as 50 potential philanthropic, private funders to discuss advances and the need for money to support labs’ continued efforts in a field that continues to grow and evolve. As evidence is gathered of technology playing a more central role in treatment and social coping options for children and adults with autism, the need has significantly increased for sufficient funding to move technology-based research. The Global Autism Innovation Roundtable was an opportunity for potential funders to support unique and innovative research of autism.