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Dr. Giudice at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Conversation series

Dr. Giudice gives an invited keynote talk at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Conversation series on Improving Accessibility and Inclusion in Computational Science. The talk, titled “Improving inclusion in STEM fields: It’s time for information visualizations to move beyond vision” discussed problems with current techniques and advanced a bio-inspired, multisensory approach for […]

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Fink Publishes Op-Ed in Bangor Daily News

Graduate Research Assistant Paul Fink published a new op-ed in the Bangor Daily News. The piece, “Self-driving vehicles are our future. UMaine is showing how” argues that Maine’s policymakers should capitalize on VEMI’s AV projects to make the state a leader for autonomous vehicle research and deployment. Read the article: Here.

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VEMI Presents at Inclusive Design Challenge Showcase

Members of VEMI’s Autonomous Vehicle Research Group presented at the U.S. DOT’s Inclusive Design Challenge Showcase. The team presented current work on the AVA App, a fully accessible ride-hailing, mobility, and navigation tool for fully autonomous vehicles. VEMI was joined by the nation’s top accessibility developers as they progress towards a $1 million competition held […]

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Comparing Map Learning between Touchscreen-Based Visual and Haptic Displays: A Behavioral Evaluation with Blind and Sighted Users

Palani, Fink, and Giudice have published a new peer-reviewed journal article related to touchscreen-based graphical access. The work compares map learning between visual and haptic displays on touchscreens with both blind and sighted users. They find that when information is matched for content, test performance is highly similar between learning mode and participant group. The […]

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Dr. Giudice on indoor navigation at Sight Tech Global 2021

On Dec 2021, Nick moderated a session on accessible indoor navigation systems at Sight Tech Global’s virtual conference. The session was entitled: Indoor Navigation: Can Inertial Navigation, Computer Vision and other new technologies Work Where GPS Can’t? The session discussed the latest indoor navigation technologies and challenges and included three internationally recognized panelists: Mike May […]

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Dr. Giudice and Fink present at Braille Institute

In their talk, “The Future of FAVs for BVI People: Accessibility, Safety, and Policy Considerations,” at the Braille Institute’s Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles, Giudice and Fink described their current research related to AVs and the implications for accessibility. The interactive session included a discussion of the many benefits and huge potential of this newest form […]

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Fink presents at International Conference on Spatial Cognition

At the 8th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Paul Fink presented Fink and Giudice’s project, Vibrotactile Maps for Promoting Spatial Understanding in Autonomous Vehicles. The talk detailed ongoing work to develop tactile maps for autonomous vehicle mapping on mobile devices.

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Limited Edition Donation Offer

Winter is Coming to the VEMI Lab. For a limited time (until Sept. 30th) a minimum donation of $150 to the VEMI Lab Fund will provide a VEMI student a limited edition UMaine VEMI heavy weight cotton Champion hoodie. Not only will your donation help a student stay warm this winter, but it will also […]

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Fully Autonomous Vehicles for People with Visual Impairment: Policy, Accessibility, and Future Directions

Fink, Holz, and Giudice have published a new peer-reviewed journal article related to autonomous vehicle accessibility. The work, entitled “Fully Autonomous Vehicles for People with Visual Impairment: Policy, Accessibility, and Future Directions” reviews user-research with blind and visually impaired people contrasted with current policy efforts. They find that people with visual impairment are not being […]

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