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Accessibility in the Voice First Era

Dr. Mark Greenfield - Accessibility in the Voice First Era - Dec. 13 1-2pm - UTO

Voice technology, including voice assistants like Alexa, Bixby, Google Assistant, and Siri, combined with smart speakers and other voice-enabled devices, represents the next great paradigm shift in user interfaces. As technology continues to evolve beyond the web to artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and mixed reality, voice will become the natural and most intuitive way to interact with the digital world. Voice technology has the potential to dramatically improve accessibility by removing the physical and cognitive barriers in the current keyboard and screen interfaces that are currently the norm. In this forward-thinking talk, Mark will explore how voice technology can dramatically improve web and digital accessibility and provide guidance and recommendations on accessibility best practices in voice user interfaces.

Dr. Mark Greenfield

Mark Greenfield has worked at the University at Buffalo (UB) for 35 years in a variety of technology-related roles. He currently serves as the Web Accessibility Officer providing central oversight, technical expertise and guidance, leadership and vision to support campus accessibility efforts. Mark has also served as a visiting instructor in UB’s former School of Informatics, teaching a graduate-level course on web accessibility. His research interests include accessibility, inclusive design, emerging technologies, social media, the Millennial Generation and their use of technology, and the impact of globalization and technology on the academy.

Mark is also an experienced consultant and an award-winning speaker who is known for his thoughtful vision of the future of the web and technology on college campuses. He is very active in the higher education web community serving on numerous boards and committees.

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