Dr. Syed Billah is an assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Stony Brook University in 2019. His research focuses on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with a strong emphasis on Accessible Computing, a topic that is broadly concerned with making computing devices and digital information accessible for people with impairments. In his research, Dr. Billah frequently draws inspiration, techniques, and best practices from multiple disciplines, including but not limited to Computer Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Sensing, Fabrication, and Cognitive Psychology. In the past, he worked with people with vision impairments. He proposed a series of new technologies to make non-visual interaction efficient, organic, and ubiquitous, thus unlocking the opportunities in education and employment for people with vision impairment. In recognition of his contributions to accessibility, he received the Catacosinos fellowship for excellence in Computer Science at Stony Brook University.
- Assistive Technology
- Non-Visual Interaction
- Trustworthy AI for Accessibility
- Assistive Human Augmentation
- Situational Impairment