Supported by: NSF CUbiC

People Back to People

Michael Astrauskas

Michael Astrauskas smilingMichael says that the Note-Taker project has given him a chance to gain more experience with developing embedded hardware/software and human-computer interfacing – areas that he finds particularly interesting. (He changed his major from CS to CSE during the project.) He has not yet decided whether he wants to pursue a career in industry or in research. However, in addition to his technical background, he enjoys working with people, and would like a career that involves the development of intuitive human-computer interfaces. In June of 2007 Michael won 3rd place in a Student Design Competition, sponsored by the RERC for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (at the University of Colorado School of Medicine) for his address book app. That app allows users who are visually or cognitively impaired to take snapshots of people as they enter their phone numbers into their address book, and then use those snapshots to quickly find them later. Michael was also the ASU researcher in a joint research project between Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic, which uses eye tracking technology to study how doctors visually evaluate video in real time during endoscopic procedures.