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School of Information Studies PhD student Afroza Sultana awarded grant for research on accessible technology for older adults

Published: 25 September 2014

Congratulations to Afroza Sultana, McGill School of Information Studies PhD student, on her nomination as a Graphics, Animation and New Media Network of Centres of Excellence (GRAND NCE) Postgraduate Scholar.

As a GRAND scholar, Afroza will receive a stipend of $10,000 annually for three years to investigate the design of accessible touch-screen devices for older adults to support prolonged independent living.

Project description: Currently, little is known about how the decline of cognitive and motor functionalities caused by aging impact the performance of older adults on target selection tasks -- e.g., selecting a button, or a link -- on touch-screen devices. Afroza's research will derive performance evaluation models for touch-based interactions to support the design of accessible user interfaces for older adult users. The project is part of the GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence INCLUDE 2 research group, which aims to enhance personal, professional, and social activities of older adults, and people with disabilities.

Afroza's PhD supervisor is Dr. Karyn Moffatt.

About the award

The GRAND NCE (Graphics, Animation and New Media / Graphisme, animation et nouveaux médias NCE Inc.) Postgraduate Scholar (G*PGS) program provides stable multi-year support for graduate students whose research is directly linked to core deliverables in GRAND projects. For more information, visit the GRAND website.

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