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November 2017

The 2017 TCAT Toy HACK

November 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
UW Seattle Campus MakerSpace Seattle, + Google Map

The Taskar Center, in collaboration with HuskyADAPT, would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Holiday Toy Hack. Last year, we modified and gifted 72 toys, and this year we hope to grow that number. We are motivated to provide switch access toys to more recipients who, like everyone, enjoy and learn from play! On Nov 12th, 2017, join us for four hours of toy adaptation: 9am-1pm. Your volunteer efforts will make this holiday more inclusive while you…

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March 2018

Panel Discussion: “AI in Public Sector: Tool for inclusion or exclusion?”

March 1, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Paul G. Allen center for Computer Science, 185 NE Stevens Way E
Seattle, WA 98195
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Description: Applications of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the public sector are broad and growing, helping make decisions in welfare payments, immigration, fraud detection, healthcare, transportation etc. However, the social equity and diversity implications of ML & AI in this realm are unclear. The panel will discuss the potential social and economic impact and ethical considerations of ML & AI in the public realm. Details: This panel discussion took place on at the Paul G. Allen Center for…

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Michael Jordan, 2018 Taskar Memorial Distinguished Lecturer

March 1, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Paul G. Allen center for Computer Science, 185 NE Stevens Way E
Seattle, WA 98195
+ Google Map SPEAKER:   Michael I. Jordan (University of California, Berkeley) BEN TASKAR MEMORIAL LECTURE TITLE: On Gradient-Based Optimization: Accelerated, Stochastic and Nonconvex DATE:      Thursday, March 1, 2018 TIME:      3:30pm PLACE:     EEB-105 HOST:      Anat Caspi Abstract: Many new theoretical challenges have arisen in the area of gradient-based optimization for large-scale statistical data analysis, driven by the needs of applications and the opportunities provided by new hardware and software platforms. I discuss several recent, related results in this area: (1)…

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Engineering Accessibility Winter 2018

March 15, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Paul G. Allen center for Computer Science, 185 NE Stevens Way E
Seattle, WA 98195
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What does an inclusive community look like, and can we design and engineer solutions to get us there?  Join us for the final poster presentations and demos from three engineering and design courses addressing real-world challenges to accessibility.   HuskyADAPT: Accessible Design & Play Technology Teams of students from engineering, industrial design, and rehabilitation medicine have been working on design challenges with local individuals with disabilities. Challenges range from creating early mobility solutions for kids with disabilities to apps that can be used to monitor and…

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May 2018

Map the UW campus for the special olympics and beyond

May 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Paul G. Allen center for Computer Science, 185 NE Stevens Way E
Seattle, WA 98195
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The Special Olympics events are coming to UW the first week of July. If you are interested in mapping for the Special Olympics accessibility app that we are developing, this is the place to be. The goal is to capture images of the paths, stairs, main entrances, and sidewalks on the UW campus and map for accessibility features in the built environment.  

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November 2018

2018 TCAT Holiday Toy Hack

November 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
UW Seattle Campus The MILL, 4401 Mason Rd
Seattle, WA 98195 United States

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, in partnership with the Husky ADAPT student organization, invites you to participate in the 2018 Holiday Toy Hack!

At the TCAT Holiday Toy Hackathon, volunteers modify store-bought toys to create switch-accessible toys. TCAT will ship those toys to recipients who require switch-access toys and, like everyone, will enjoy and learn from play! 2018 will be our largest event yet, with greater numbers of volunteers and toys we gift. Join us!

If you would like to request a toy, please CLICK HERE TO MAKE A TOY REQUEST.

If you would like to volunteer, please read on.

Why toy adaptation? Off-the-shelf toys are often inaccessible to kids with motor limitations or developmental disabilities because they require some force or dexterity to activate. Switch adaptation allows new opportunities for active participation and meaningful play interactions by slightly modifying the electronics of a toy to accept different kinds of switches.

About the Toy Hack on Nov 11th, 2018: join us for four hours of toy adaptation: 9am-1pm. Your volunteer efforts will make this holiday more inclusive while you exercise your skills in toy adaptation (a little soldering, some toy tinkering and lots of heart!). Please sign up to reserve your spot as the event fills up and we are space-limited.

Please note: Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate minors as volunteers in the MakerSpace. Volunteers under 18 will not be able to use the soldering equipment, but can still help with gift wrapping and cards.

Would you like to help but cannot make it to the event? Please consider sponsoring a toy with a $50 tax-deductible donation: CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR A TOY (indicate in the comment if you'd like your donation to go to a toy for a particular child).

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Photo credit: 2016 TCAT Holiday Toy Hack (C) UW Communications

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May 2019

“The Ethical Algorithm”, Ben Taskar Memorial Lecture by Michael Kearns

May 2 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Bill and Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, 3800 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195
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Michael's primary research interests are in machine learning, probabilistic artificial intelligence, algorithmic game theory, and computational finance. MICHAEL KEARNS, "THE ETHICAL ALGORITHM" 2019 Ben Taskar Memorial Distinguished Lecture Co-sponsored by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology and the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science & Engineering Abstract: Many recent mainstream media articles and popular books have raised alarms over anti-social algorithmic behavior, especially regarding machine learning and artificial intelligence. The concerns include leaks of sensitive personal data by predictive…

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