Invited Panelists

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Melanie Kneisel is a Software Engineer on the Enable team in Microsoft Research, working on technologies for people with disabilities. In particular, she is a developer of Microsoft Soundscape, a navigation app which helps people who are blind or visually impaired to build a richer awareness of their surroundings.


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Lesley J. Mcintyre is a Senior Lecturer in the Architecture department of the School of the Built Environment, Northumbria University. With a background in Architecture, her research aims to develop a greater understanding of the interactions between people and their environments, focusing on areas such as universal design and accessibility, human building-interaction, way-finding and ubiquitous technologies.


An image showing Michael Proulx's face.

Michael J. Proulx is an Associate Professor at the University of Bath, Department of Psychology. His research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and computer science investigates spatial cognition of people with visual impairments and uses a sensory-substitution device (The vOICe) to translate visual input into sound.


An image showing Hironobu Takagi's face.

Hironobu Takagi is a Senior Manager at IBM Research, Tokyo, working on Accessibility, Aging and Healthcare. He is one of the leaders of the NavCog project, an open-source indoor navigation app aimed at guiding people with visual impairments in unfamiliar and complex environments.