Cloud Computing Framework and Services Model for the Visually Impaired

By Mukhtar M. Rana, Uzma Rana and Mohammed Fakrudeen.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Semantic Web Accessibility Network Services (SWANS) is a research project which exploits technology to support visually impaired (VI) users. This paper proposes a novel technological cloud computing framework and services model which will provide tailored services to the VI users. In our further research work this novel model will be tested and its accessibility will be evaluated.

A qualitative approach will be used to test the accessibility issues and to study the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) of this new model. The research will be carried out by direct observations of a focus group, conducted during one-to-one session. The multiple case-study approach was adopted to increase the reliability of data, with the help of a team of researchers and tutors to reduce bias. The focus group of 15-25 visually impaired adults will be given different tasks and activities to perform over multiple sessions. At the end of these sessions a questionnaire will also be conducted to verify the study’s results.

Keywords: Cloud Computing Framework, Services for Visually Impaired Users, Accessibility

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.172MB).

Dr. Mukhtar M. Rana

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Hail, Hail City, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Mukhtar Masood Rana is pioneer and project leader of the SWANS (Semantic Web Accessibility Network Services) a research project. He has completed his PhD in 2008 and started to work as a visiting lecturer & researcher in Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. In 2009, he joined as an Assistant Professor in the University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2003, he started to work as a volunteer tutor in Cambridge Online Pathways Project and became interested to explore assistive technology in depth for the people who have visual impairment to resolve their difficulties to use Internet and computers. In 2005, he has submitted a research project with the name of SWANS to the University in collaboration with Cambridge On-line Pathways. Along with these organizations he has been involved to raise awareness of how the use of computers could enhance the confidence and independence of disabled or disadvantaged people and help them to explore new opportunities for education, employment and leisure using Assistive Technologies. His research interests are Web Services, Semantic Web and Cloud Computing Framework for visually impaired people to transform their lives. He has more than 20 publications in peer reviewed international journal and conference proceedings. In 2007, on his research achievements, High Commission of Pakistan, United Kingdom awarded Dr. Wali Mohammad research award-2007.

Dr. Uzma Rana

Research Scientist, Material Science, CB4 3LP, York Town Height, USA

Dr. Uzma Rana is currently working as a research scientist in IBM, New York, USA. She has completed her PhD degree in 2008 from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her main research interests are Nan-technology and device fabrication. In addition to this, she is also passionate about the accessibility matters of disabled people and has contributed in the area of assistive technology, web accessibility to raise awareness and to address the issues faced by these people.

Mohammed Fakrudeen

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Hail, Hail, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Fakrudeen is a lecturer in the University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He worked as senior consultant in Software Development Company having headquarters in US. He also worked as lecturer in various colleges in UAE and Qatar. He is holding Master degrees in Computer Applications and in Environmental Sciences. He has done his research on Image Fragmentation technique in his Master in Philosophy for Computer Applications. His research interests are Web Services, Web Accessibility for special persons.

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