MIT Technology Review revealed its annual list of Innovators Under 35. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. For his work in the field of computer accessibility, Stony Brook University’s Yevgen Borodin ’05, ’09 has been recognized as a humanitarian in the Internet and Web category.
Dr. Borodin is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and his innovations have pushed the envelope in computer accessibility research and, today he is regarded as one of the leading researchers in the field of computer accessibility. Dr. Borodin has invented an array of methods for improving web accessibility and usability for people with vision impairments, greatly enhancing their productivity with the Web. MIT Technology Review’s recognition primarily focuses on Borodin’s invention, Capti Narrator, a universally-accessible application empowering users to read and/or listen to textual content from different sources, formats, and on different platforms. Capti Narrator (www.captivoice.com) is already used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world for productivity, education, entertainment, and as an assistive technology.
To accelerate the delivery of his innovations to the people who need the Web to be more accessible (at least 25 Million people in the U.S. and 10 times as much worldwide), Dr. Borodin founded Charmtech Labs LLC through which he is commercializing his innovative research. The technology developed by Charmtech Labs is usable to the largest extent possible by anyone and in any circumstance. For example, Capti is used by people with dyslexia, vision impairments, students, busy professionals, and commuters.
“Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing young innovators whose work has been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” says editor in chief and publisher Jason Pontin. “Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Yevgen Borodin to this prestigious list.”
This year’s honorees will be featured online at www.technologyreview.com, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on September 1. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference November 2–4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (www.EmTechMIT.com).
“Capti provides a unified interface – I can just use Capti, and don’t have to switch applications anymore. I just search and add content to the playlist.” – Chieko Asakawa, PhD, IBM Fellow leading accessibility research projects both within and outside of IBM. Asakawa lost sight when she was 14 years old due to a swimming accident.
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