Assistive Mobile Device Technology for the Blind:
Counting Students in Lectures

Michael Taylor
(University of Manchester)

Developing assistive technology for the blind is becoming an increasingly important and popular field of study, as a result of two key factors: the increasing prevalence of blindness in the global population, and the increasing potential of mobile devices to provide solutions to many of the issues brought about by the complete loss of a person's vision. Therefore, we aim to develop a fully accessible software system that will allow for a blind lecturer to accurately determine the number of people present in their theatre, in a reasonable amount of time. This will be accomplished through combining a typical skin classifier with a novel likely head size distribution model, designed to dynamically adapt to a variety of environmental factors.

Poster presented at the BMVW.