Dr. Syed Billah is an assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. 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 special needs or people with special situations.
Dr. Billah investigates the low-level accessibility issues in computer systems and designs efficient, robust, and extendible accessibility supports in modern operating systems. He also develops assistive technologies to make non-visual interaction fast, cross-platform, and ubiquitous. His research promotes equality for people with vision impairments and unlocks their opportunities in education and employment. More recently, he studies the impact and opportunities of AI, 3D fabrication, augmented reality, data sonification, and smart sensing technologies in accessibility and intelligent interactive system research.