[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind and low-vision adults needed for research study on accessibility of mainstream robots

Blake, Lou Ann LBlake at nfb.org
Fri Apr 23 13:34:06 UTC 2021

The below research participant solicitation is being provided for informational purposes only. The National Federation of the Blind has no involvement in this research, but we believe that it may contribute to our research mission.
Our research group at University of Wisconsin-Madison is studying blind and low vision people's experiences with mainstream robots like the vacuum robots, Delivery Robot, drones etc. Based on the study, we will explore whether and how blind and low vision people have used different types of mainstream robots, what challenges they face, what is their coping strategy to use these robots, and how they want to improve the robots. This study will help us create technologies to enhance the accessibility of mainstream robots to blind and low vision users. We are looking for participants to participate in this study to help us with our work!
Participants must:

  *   Be at least 18 years old
  *   Be blind or have low vision
  *   Have some experience with mainstream robots like a vacuum robot, delivery robot, drone, etc.
Study Procedure:
We will set up a Zoom call to conduct an interview study. During the interview, we will ask a set of questions mainly pertaining to your experiences with mainstream robots. The study session will last for about 1 hour in total.
Participants will be compensated with a $15 Amazon gift card for each hour of the study session.
If you are interested in participating in our study, please use the below link to answer a screening questionnaire:
We will contact you to schedule the study if you are eligible for the study. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at pmbhat at wisc.edu<mailto:pmbhat at wisc.edu>  (Prajna Bhat), or yuhang.zhao at cs.wisc.edu<mailto:yuhang.zhao at cs.wisc.edu> (Yuhang Zhao).
Please feel free to share this survey with anyone who might be interested. We look forward to learning about your experience! Thank you for your time.
Prajna Bhat
Graduate Student, Computer Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yuhang Zhao
Assistant professor, Computer Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lou Ann Blake, J.D.
Director of Research Programs, Blindness Initiatives
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2221 | lblake at nfb.org<mailto:lblake at nfb.org>

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