Jennifer Mankoff-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Jennifer Mankoff

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Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
Newell-Simon Hall 2504A
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Jennifer Mankoff is an assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon. She earned her B.A. at Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on tools and techniques for rapid, iterative prototyping of ubiquitous computing applications and accessible technology for people with disabilities. Her research interests also include mediation of ambiguous, recognition-based interfaces. Application areas of her work include assistive technology for people with special needs and the elderly, and health and safety.
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"I have always felt it important to apply my research to solving real problems for real people, a natural outgrowth of my interest in human-computer interaction. As technologists, our design choices can disable or limit access for large populations of people, yet we rarely consider those implications. It is my goal to help empower the next generation of technologists to increase the number of people who can use Internet technologies. Additionally, having encountered temporary disabilities in my own life, and observing the aging of my parents and grandparents has shown me the need for technology research to address the gap between ability and available resources for the elderly."