[NFBWATLK] Study Opportunities with Microsoft Research
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Thu Jul 20 20:26:46 UTC 2017
I am passing this on for a colleague. direct messages about the study
to her email which is included below.
We wanted to inform you of two paid research participation
opportunities from Microsoft Research that may interest you (or people
you know). These studies will help Microsoft advance the state of the
art in automatic and interactive image description systems. They are
open to legally blind adults who use screen readers and live in the
Seattle metro region. If you would like to sign up for one or both of
these studies, or if you have any questions about them, please reply
to Meredith Morris at merrie at microsoft.com by July 26th. Feel free to
share this information with people who you think may be eligible and
interested in participating.
1) New technologies for orientation, mobility and outdoor exploration
When: July 31 – August 4 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm
Where: Kirkland, WA
Participants should be adults who are legally blind and navigate with
the assistance of a white cane or guide dog. Participants should not
have any hearing impairment and should not have any mobility
impairments. During the study session, participants will go for a
short walk in an outdoors public area, accompanied by researchers.
The study will take about 1 hour in total, and participants will have
a choice of receiving either an Amazon or Visa gift card in the amount
of $50 as a token of our thanks for participation. In addition, up to
$50 additional can be added to the gift card if needed to reimburse
for transportation expenses to get to the waterfront area of Kirkland,
WA (we will provide more detail on location when we schedule your
If you would like to participate, please see instructions below.
2) New technologies for screenreaders and Web browsing
When: August 7 – 11 between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm
Where: Microsoft Research offices in Redmond, WA
Participants should be adults who are legally blind and have
experience using a screen reader for computing devices such as
desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones. In addition, participants
should not have any hearing impairment. During the study session,
participants will use a screen reader to interact with a computer and
The study will take 2 hours in total, and participants will have a
choice of receiving either an Amazon or Visa gift card in the amount
of $100 as a gratuity. In addition, up to $50 additional can be added
to the gift card if needed to reimburse for transportation expenses to
get to Microsoft Research, which is located at 14865 NE 36th St,
If you would like to participate in either (or both) of these studies,
please reply to merrie at microsoft.com and indicate:
1) Your name
2) Your age
3) Which study you wish to participate in
4) Which dates and times you would be available to participate.
For study 1 in Kirkland, that would be a one hour slot: Jul 31 – Aug
4, 10am – 5pm.
For study 2 in Redmond, that would be a two hour slot: Aug 7 – Aug 11,
9am – 6 pm.
Ph.D. Candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering
University of Washington
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