Inspiring hero, tragic victim, or just human?

After four years of hard work Gagan Chhabra will defend his thesis Friday June 18th. In this episode Gagan looks back on his project where he has been comparing Norway to India focusing on disability policy reforms and employment experiences of young adults with visual impairments. Gagan shares the love for his projects but also the many hurdles he has met on the journey.

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What is ableism?

In this podcast episode PhD Candidate Gagan Chhabra explains the term disablism. Discrimination against disabled people is a big problem, but not often talked about.

– Disabled people have been pushed back of the que and marginalized for too long, Gagan explains, it’s time to start a dialogue.

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The #Hack4Education winners

This April George Anthony Giannoumis brought his students Rosy Oo, Hifza Shahzad and Alina Zielinska to the #Hack4Education. And guess what, they came home as the winners!

In this episode we get to learn more about the hackathon and Si do, the idea they won the hackathon with.

Rosy Oo, Hifza Nadeem, Alina Zielinska and George Anthony Giannoumis

Si do is a mobile application, that can enable women in the global south to become independent, by using their talent in sewing to become an entrepreneur.

The applications helps women by developing their digital skills, discovering new patterns, learning how to sell their clothing designs, and becoming a source of inspiration for others around the globe.

Si Do has three main features. First, it includes learning materials divided into three levels, for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Second, it is a social platform for communication. Where users can ask questions and discuss different topics. And finally, it is a marketplace, for trading and exchanging clothing designs, patterns and selling finished products.

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Saving lives with new and open technology

The student-led startup, Cozin, is all about saving lives. 3 billion people in the world are exposed to lethal gases from solid fuel. This is gases that might be hard to detect, but technology can help. Cozin is a new kind of sensor which can be installed in homes and can detect dangerous levels of carbon dioxide in the air. The sensors can be set up in networks and warn through wearables, toys or other ways.

In this episode we talk with Assistant Professor George Anthony Giannoumis and master student Musoro King Asa Tamugri about the Cozin project, how it all got started, how it is build on universal design principles, how it is being developed and the future of Cozin.

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How Bluetooth and Beacons Can Help You Find Your Way


We have some exciting guests from abroad joining us for this week’s podcast. Assistant Professor at OsloMet George Anthony Giannoumis, originally from the U.S., and Daria Krivonos, originally from Russia, are passionate about technology and usability. During our conversation, they tell us how we can harness the power of Bluetooth on our smartphones. They also enlighten us on how beacons can be used as a tool for indoor navigation to help people with visual impairments (and those of us with little or no sense of direction!) find their way around. Our guests go on to tell us how beacons can provide us with information about our surroundings – and even help students show up to class more prepared.

If you are interested in this topic you can catch up with Anthony and Daria at the Zero Project Conference and Mobile World Congress where they will be presenting their work on indoor navigation.


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The future of auto recognition

Auto recognition software is typically only used in medical settings like tests that can determine if you have a particular condition. But the future of auto recognition is much more diverse and very interesting. Pietro Murano and George Anthony Giannoumis from HiOA are looking into this technology and how it can be used in the future for people with cognitive disabilities. In this podcast episode they explain auto recognition, the future and how they work as researcher with this interesting topic.

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Hvorfor skal vi utforme universelt?

Hvorfor skal vi bruke tid og penger på universell utforming? Og hva er egentlig universell utforming?

IMG_4384I denne episoden snakker vi med professor i informasjonsteknologi, Frode Eika Sandnes og stipendiat Gerd Berget som begge er opptatt av universell utforming. Gerd forsker på dyslektikere og søkesystemer.

Vi beklager at denne podcastepisoden ikke er transkribert og universelt utformet.

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Khrono: Forsker på dysleksi og søkesystemer