Last Library Tuesday Talk of Semester

Thad Starner presents lecture on wearable computers

On Tuesday April 26, Thad Starner will present a lecture on "Interfaces for Augmenting Face-to-Face Conversation Using Wearable Computers," at 2p.m. in the Wilby Room. The lecture will be the last of this semester's Tueday Talks sponsored by the Georgia Tech Library.

Starner is an assistant professor in Georgia Tech's College of Computing. He is a wearable computing pioneer, having worn a wearable as an everyday personal assistant since 1993. He holds four degrees from MIT, including his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory in 1999.

Starner has authored more than 90 scientific publications on mobile computing, intelligent agents, computer vision, and augmented reality and his work focuses on computational assistants for everyday use.

This talk will explore the current use of mobile devices and will describe studies on two promising technologies: dual-purpose speech and the Twiddler one-handed keyboard.

In addition, Starner will discuss the ongoing development of a one-way sign-to-English phrase translator, which may some day augment conversation between hearing and deaf individuals.

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