|Textbooks and Software|| Course
|1||8/31||Introductions and Course Planning
|9/2||Introduction to Assistive
P. 2008. Access
for all. Commun. ACM 51(8): 12-14. [Must read and summarize]
NC State Report. Assistive Technology in Higher Education Survey Report. [Skim only, no summary]
Look over the MIT Intelligent Wheelchair website and the The MARC's Smart Home Monitoring System Project. [No summary]
sustainability. The Bridge, National Academy of Engineering
39(4). [Must read and summarize]
||Lab 1: Accessibility Technologies
|9/9||Human-Computer Interface Design for People with Disabilities||Lewis,
cognitive disabilities. Interactions
13(3):14-15. [Must read and summarize]
Lewis, C. (2005). HCI for people with cognitive disabilities. SIGACCESS Access. Comput. 83: 12-17. [Must read and summarize; you may combine the two Lewis papers into one reading summary]
Shinohara, K. and Tenenberg, J. 2009. A blind person's interactions with technology. Commun. ACM 52(8): 58-66. [Read, no summary, but come with discussion questions]
|3||9/14||Species Distribution Models and
Climate Change: The World is NOT Flat
Guest Lecturer: Mike Sears (BMC Biology)
|L. Buckley, et al.
models? Ecology Letters
13(8):1041–1054. [Must read and summarize]
Human-Computer Interface Design for People with Disabilities
Steriadis and P. Constantinou. (2003) Designing
people. ACM Trans.
Comput.-Hum. Interact. 10(2): 87-118. [summarize]
B. Blankertz, et al. (2008). The Berlin Brain-Computer Interface: accurate performance from first-session in BCI-naive subjects. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, 55(10):2452-2462. [must read and summarize]
F. Popescu, et al. (2008). Computational challenges for noninvasive brain computer interfaces. IEEE Intelligent Systems 23(3): 78-79. [Read, no summary]
Species Distribution Modeling
Phillips, R. Anderson, and R. Schapire. (2006) Maximum
Ecological Modelling 190:231-259, 2006. [Read and summarize]
For those with itchy math fingers: S. Phillips, M. Dudík, and R. Schapire. (2004). A maximum entropy approach to species distribution modeling. In Proceedings of the Twenty-First International Conference on Machine Learning, pages 655-662. [purely optional reading, for now]
||Lab 3: Species Distribution Modeling|
|5||9/28||Project Workshop I
||Journals/Reading Summaries Due|
Role of Telemedicine [summary candidate]
Kovarik, Gormley, et al. (2009). The use of mobile telemedicine for remote diagnosis in HIV infected patients in Botswana (Skim 1-page Abstract)
Pfaendler, et al. (2008). Management of cryotherapy-ineligible women in a "Screen-and-Treat" Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Targeting HIV-infected Women in Zambia: Lessons from the Field [summary candidate]
|Full project proposals due||Lab 4: Project Development
||Fall Break! (No Class)||
||The Digital Dump, The Basel
Network 2005 (read pages 1-9, skim rest)
Electronic Waste Report , U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2008 (skim pages 1-13 of pdf)
Environmental Benefits of 2008 EPEAT Purchasing, Green Electronics Council, 2008 (skim only)
||Lab 5: Project Communication (Part I)
|9||10/26||No "official" class! Eric will be out
BUT, you should still meet for lab and use class time for your projects.
|10||11/2||Presenting Your Research
||Lab 6: Project Communication (Part II)
|11||11/9||Sensor Placement in Water Distribution Networks||A.
and C. Guestrin (2009). Optimizing
Sensing: From Water to the Web. IEEE Computer Magazine, 42(8),
38-45. [summary candidate]
A.Krause, et al. (2008). Efficient Sensor Placement Optimization for Securing Large Water Distribution Networks. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 134(6), 516-526. [summary candidate]
||Insuring an Impact with Technology||B
abandonment. Assistive Technology 5 (1). [summary
W. C. Mann, et al. (1999). Effectiveness of Assistive Technology and Environmental Interventions in Maintaining Independence and Reducing Home Care Costs for the Frail Elderly: A Randomized Controlled Trial. ARCH FAM MED/ VOL 8, MAY/JUNE 1999: 210-217. [summary candidate]
D. Carlson, et al. (2001). Assistive technology survey results: Continued benefits and needs reported by Americans with disabilities (skim only)
Intelligent Wheelchairs, Smart Walkers, etc.
JHU APL Story: Revolutionizing Prosthetics.
Watch this video of the DARPA Program's prosthetic arm
Wheelchairs that listen, The Boston Globe, April 26, 2010
Skim the MIT Intelligent Wheelchair website again and watch the video.
Guest Lecturer: Karen Latimer (Institute on Disabilities at Temple Univ.)
|13||11/23||Efficient Power Usage /
||The Smart Grid - TBA
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/311/5760/506 (skim only)
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1151861 (skim only)
||Happy Thanksgiving! (No Class)||
Borriello, et al. (2007). Pervasive Computing in Healthcare.
| Approximate Poster Due Date
||Home and Personal Monitoring Systems||S.
Dalal, et al. (2005). A
Health and Possible Emergency Conditions. AAAI Fall
M. Alwan. Psychosocial Impact of Monitoring Technology in Assisted Living: A Pilot Study. In Assisted Living Consult, Nov/Dec 2006.
Kientz, et al. (2007). Pervasive Computing and Autism: Assisting Caregivers of Children with Special Needs.
||A. Cavender, et al. (2007). MobileASL: Intelligibility of sign language video over mobile phones.||
Last Day of Class!
may be switched with the MobileASL reading
overshoot of the human economy. PNAS. 99 (14).
Robertson and Swinton. 2005. Reconciling agricultural productivity and environmental integrity: a grand challenge for agriculture. Front Ecol Environ 3(1): 38–46
M. Scherer. (2002). The change in emphasis from people to person: introduction to the special issue on Assistive Technology. Disability & Rehabilitation 24(1-3): 1-4. (Hardcopy)
NC State Report. Assistive Technology in Higher Education Survey Report.
Possible guest lecture from UPenn Medicine.
Ebner, et al. (2008). Mobile Teledermatology: a feasibility study of 58 Subjects using Mobile Phones
T., Romano, N. C., and McCoy, S. 2009. The state of
corporate website accessibility. Commun. ACM 52(9): 128-132.
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the material in this
course. While the journal will be private, you will be expected
to contribute considerably to the direction of this course by sharing
those ideas and reactions recorded in it.
As you will discover, I am a proponent of two-way communication and I welcome feedback during the semester about the course. I am available to answer student questions, listen to concerns, and talk about any course-related topic (or otherwise!). Come to office hours! This helps me get to know you. You are welcome to stop by and chat. There are many more exciting topics to talk about that we won't have time to cover in-class.
Whenever you e-mail me, please use a meaningful subject line and include the phrase "CS380" at the beginning of that line. Your e-mail will catch my attention and I will respond quicker if you do this. I make an effort to respond to e-mails within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends.
course will require a substantial amount of teamwork, so good
communication will be essential!
Your final grade will be composed of :
Work (60% total)
Journal -- 15% (5% for each submission)
Reading Summaries -- 15% (5% for each submission)
Topic Presentation and Discussion -- 20% (10% each)
Class Participation -- 10% (including peer reviews on project participation)
Initial proposal -- 5%
Specification/design report -- 10%
Presentation and poster -- 10%
Final report and project submission -- 15%
Submission and Late Policy
must be turned in either in hard-copy or electronic submission,
depending on the instructions given in the assignment. E-mail
submissions, when permitted, should request a "delivery receipt" to
document time and date of submission. Extensions will be given
only in the case of verifiable medical excuses or other such dire
circumstances, if requested in advance.
submissions will receive a penalty of 10% for every 24
hours it is past
the due date and time. Submissions received more than one week
late will not be accepted.
cases (such as on the presentation/discussions and project), late
submissions will adversely affect your classmates, since they are
depending on receiving these materials on-time.
student will maintain a journal to document your reactions to class
discussions and your individual work. It is good and standard
practice to maintain such a journal for research projects, and my hope
is that this course will get you into the habit of doing so. You
should use the journal to document your reactions, ideas, criticisms,
reflections on related work, outside sources of reading, meeting notes,
formal and informal experiments, and any other information of relevance
to your project. While
I recommend you keep the journal in hard copy, be aware that you will
be required to hand in the journal (or copies of it) throughout the
semester for feedback. Pages should be numbered and titled with
clear subject headings and important items should be flagged.
each required reading, you will write a two-thirds to one page summary
of the reading, including proper bibliographic formatting. These
summaries may be kept either as part of your journal, or separately.
keep them as part of your journal, be certain to clearly mark the
differences between the summaries and journal entries.
The content of the summary will vary depending on the article, but
in general your reading summary should include:
encourage you to find and comment on other related readings in your
will present and lead the discussion for two topics during the
semester, one on computational sustainability and the other on
assistive technologies. You may choose to partner with one
other person for each of presentations (if you choose to partner, you
are encouraged to have two different partners). You will prepare
a 20 minute presentation on the topic and then lead the class in a
discussion based on a set of questions you've prepared on the
You should also find and read 3-5 other related articles beyond the
assigned readings and summarize these articles for your classmates
during your presentation. The first presentation will take place
around weeks 4-6 and the second presentation will take place around
weeks 10-12. We may need to adjust these times based on invited
speakers and other events; however, you will have at least one week to
prepare in each case.
sustainability or assistive
computing. Details will be discussed and finalized within the
first few weeks of class. There will be several deliverables
required as part of the project:
many of these components, you and your groups members will be required
to document the breakdown of work for assignment of credit. This
will also include peer reviews of your work from your other group
There will be no exams in this course.
I want to encourage you to discuss the material and work together
understand it. Here are my thoughts on collaborating with other
to Doug Turnbull and Carla Gomes for making their course materials
available. Many of
the course materials and readings have been adapted from those