In case you missed it, you may find below our webinar in collaboration with DSSG.

Abstract:

For most of us, typing is the easiest part of transmitting a written message: we type and walk without even looking at the keyboard. I rewrote this abstract 3-4 times – writing wasn’t the issue, the message was. For ALS patients, there is a whole different story. Each movement may become a major physical challenge, getting in the way of communicating with others.⠀

In this talk, we discuss how we used Data Science to optimize a keyboard layout to minimize the typing workload of ALS patients. This project was motivated by Anthony Carbajal (www.anthonycarbajal.com), a full-time daily life hacker that aims to find innovative ways to improve his and other ALS-patient lives.

Competition:

Also, after the webinar, we co-organized a competition in collaboration with DSSG where we challenged the community to propose and optimize new keyboard variants. You can see the video with the results from the winning team here.

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