Turning images into sound or touch for the visually impaired: Multisensory Technologies for Artificial Vision Restoration

Dr. Michael J. Proulx
Monday, 13 February, 2017 - 11:00
Classroom @ M-ITI, Floor -2, Polo Científico e Tecnológico da Madeira

Abstract: 

When a person becomes visually impaired, how might they still interact with the visual world? New technologies and advances in psychology, computer science, and neuroscience are discovering how people can "see" through hearing or touch. I will describe my lab's work in this area of sensory substitution devices and related applications.

Short Bio:

Dr. Michael J. Proulx is Associate Professor of Psychology and director of the Crossmodal Cognition Lab at the University of Bath, where he is also an affiliate of the Centre for Digital Entertainment in Computer Science. His research focuses on several aspects of crossmodal cognition and multisensory processes with a particular interest in the vision sciences and the role of visual experience on cognition. He also works on the development of assistive devices for the visually impaired. He received his BSc in Psychology from Arizona State University and his MA and PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science and of the American Psychological Association.