2013 News Archive-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

2013 News Archive

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

QoLT Spin-Off Navity Named a Finalist in First Everyday Health Awards for Innovation

QoLT spin-off Navity - which is based on Nahom Beyene's contributions to the Navisection / DriveCap Navigator project in the Safe Driving Testbed Systems Cluster - was named a finalist in the Emerging Tech category of the inaugural Everyday Health Awards for Innovation.  The program recognizes outstanding achievement in health and wellness technology innovation.  Finalists are invited to display their inventions at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Leads Multi-University Project To Improve Web and Cloud Computing Accessibility

U.S. Department of Education sponsors a five-year, $3.7 million project led by QoLT's Aaron Steinfeld at Carnegie Mellon University to develop methods that enable people with disabilities to take full advantage of the resources available on the Internet. The Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing includes researchers at Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). MORE
Monday, October 28, 2013

Carnegie Mellon and University at Buffalo Researchers Improving Transit and Sidewalk Access for People with Disabilities

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Accessible Public Transportation - lead by Aaron Steinfeld, QoLT's Safe Driving Testbed Systems Leader, and Edward Steinfeld, QoLT Scientific Advisory Board member - received a new five-year $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities using computer science technology and universal design principles.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Personal Assistive Robots: A Roadmap to Deployment

Building on insights gained in over a decade of research and development, and leveraging the expertise of CMU's Robotics Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute, the Quality of Life Technology Center announces plans to create the definitive guide to robots that serve people at home and work in long-term care and other health care settings.  Personal Assistive Robots:  A Roadmap to Deployment will be available to QoLT Consortium members in 2014, Q3.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

QoLT Participants Inspire Young Women in Computer Science Towards Research

Two of the QoLT Center's former Student Leadership Council co-chairs - Anca Dragan and Portia Taylor -  to lead QoLT infused sessions during this year's OurCS Program for Undergraduate Women in Computer Science. MORE
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cooper Receives the VA Secretary's Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award

Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Quality of Life Technology Center, was honored with the VA Secretary's Diversity and Inclusion Award during a special ceremony at the Human Engineeering Research Labs. The award recognizes individuals nationally who strive to build a diverse, high-performing workforce that reflects all segments of society. MORE
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Therapeutic Research Foundation Innovates for the Blind Using QoLT Center Expertise in Vision

The QoLT Center will assist the Therapeutic Research Foundation (TRF) - a CT-based non-profit biotechnology corporation dedicated to charitable purposes - in the development of a proprietary product aimed at enhancing the experience and navigational abilities of low-vision and blind persons.  MORE
Monday, August 12, 2013

QoLT, Google Pittsburgh, Black Girls CODE Partner in the Steel City to Empower Local Girls to Think Tech

QoLT's Education and Outreach Team joins Google Pittsburgh to host a Black Girls CODE STEM workshop on Saturday, September 14, 2013 as part of a national campaign tagged “Summer of CODE 2013 - The Remix.” The campaign’s goal is to teach close to 2,000 girls of color (African American, Latino and Native American) computer programming and other technology skills including mobile app development, video game design, and web design. MORE
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Former QoLT REU Student Elected National Chairperson of NSBE

Sossena Cherise Wood, a 2011 alumnus of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program lead by QoLT's Education, Outreach and Diversity Team, has been named National Chairperson of NSBE, the National Society of Black Engineers.  Wood's research on the Cueing Kitchen Testbed System helped facilitate her doctoral studies at Pitt; her experiences in QOLT continue to inform her perspectives as an emerging leader, role model and mentor for STEM activities. MORE
Monday, July 15, 2013

Highmark Funds QoLT's FATe Program for Wounded Warriors

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has awarded funding of $100,000 to support of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories' (HERLs') Fabrication of Assistive Technology (FATe) Program for Wounded Warriors.  FATe is designed to aid the transition of rehabilitating active-duty wounded warriors and rehabilitating veterans into potential careers in machining.   MORE