Stuttering and Voice-activated AI: Panel Reflections

I recently attended the “Voice-Activated AI for Stuttered Speech Convergence Symposium” organized by Michigan State University, Friends, and West Michigan University. I was honored to speak at Sociotechnical Challenges in Voice-Activated AI Panel with a fantastic group of panelists and participants from academic, industry, and nonprofits. It was an incredible experience to join the technicalContinue reading “Stuttering and Voice-activated AI: Panel Reflections”

“Break the invisible wall” – upcoming talk about challenges and opportunities for people who stutter to participate in academic conferences

Post-OSS updates and reflections (1/24/2023) I tried out the format of doing the “live” presentation with a recorded talk (slides) today, and it worked surprisingly well, especially for virtual meetings! How it works: What I like about this format: I am so glad that we tried out this format – first time for me, andContinue reading ““Break the invisible wall” – upcoming talk about challenges and opportunities for people who stutter to participate in academic conferences”

Publishing our research at CHI 2023

We are excited to share that, our research with the stuttering community on their videoconferencing experience has been accepted by the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’23)! Our paper, titled “‘The World is Designed for Fluent People’: Benefits and Challenges of Videoconferencing Technologies for People Who Stutter“, details the methodologyContinue reading “Publishing our research at CHI 2023”

Join us in Austin for Web4All 2023

Web4All is a premier conference for accessibility research, co-located with the Web Conference since 2003. Next year’s conference marks the 20th year anniversary for Web4All (!), and it will take place in Austin, Texas from April 30 to May 1, 2023, with the theme of “Accessibility in the Metaverse“. Shaomei Wu – the founder andContinue reading “Join us in Austin for Web4All 2023”

NSA 2022 Convention Experience and Reflections

Lindsay and Shaomei had a discussion about Shaomei’s recent experience at the National Stuttering Association annual conference, covering topics across AImpower’s goals, Shaomei’s personal identity as PWS, her connection to the stuttering community, and the lessons she learned at the conference.

AI and Systematic Marginalization of Disabled People

I had the pleasure to be invited to speak to students from the Columbia Data for Social Good club at their monthly event on April 27, 2022. Under the theme of Equity for Marginalized Communities using Tech, I discussed the issues, challenges, and opportunities with AI for disabled people. Here is an outline of my talk (slides)Continue reading AI and Systematic Marginalization of Disabled People

Speech Technology for People Who Stutter

Speech recognition technology has progressed a lot in recent years, especially when using modern deep learning techniques. While new models such as Facebook AI Research’s wav2vec has achieved 2.43 WER (Word Error Rate) in research benchmark dataset, their performance usually tanks when processing atypical speech, such as, speech by people who stutter, people who are deaf orContinue reading “Speech Technology for People Who Stutter”