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Goal-Oriented Browsing: The Next-Generation Web Accessibility Technology for People with Visual Impairments.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S110023
Agency Tracking Number: H133S110023
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 84.133S-1
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-03-31
Small Business Information
21701 Alcazar Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014-5929
United States
DUNS: 807799924
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Yevgen Borodin
 (516) 313-7356
 borodin@charmtechlabs.com
Business Contact
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

This project investigates the feasibility of goal-oriented browsing. Goal-orientation is realized by enabling usable automation of browsing tasks. This technology helps users to stay focused on high-level browsing tasks, while the browser does low-level operations such as clicking on links, filling forms, etc., that are necessary to accomplish the tasks. To enable automation, a computational model is designed to encode users’ browsing history as sequences of browsing actions. Algorithms are developed to analyze this history and infer macros, which are useful sequences of browsing actions that users could replay to automate browsing tasks. To make the model resilient towards changes in structure and content of web pages, robust addressing techniques with self-repair capability are developed. End-user interfaces are designed for usable interaction with the model and for model validation. Finally, automated experiments and extensive user studies with blind subjects are conducted to determine project feasibility.

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