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Released: February 12, 2014

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February 12, 2014
Mike Snyder, 202-418-0997



Dr. Juan E. Gilbert, Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of

Computing at Clemson University, to Deliver Remarks at FCC

Washington, D.C. – The FCC’s Accessibility & Innovation Initiative will hold its next Speaker Series
event Tuesday, March 11, 2014 with a presentation on “Innovation in Voting Accessibility,” by Dr. Juan
E. Gilbert, Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division at Clemson University. The speaker series
highlights and encourages innovation in accessible communications technologies that will benefit people
with disabilities.


Presentation: “Innovation in Voting Accessibility”
Following the presentation, demonstrations of accessible technologies related to the
topic will be held in the FCC's Technology Experience Center.


Dr. Juan E. Gilbert
Chair of Human-Centered Computing Division, Clemson University


9:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
(Tech Demos to follow 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)


FCC Commission Meeting Room
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC. 20554

In 2002, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was created to provide all citizens equal access to the
electoral process, regardless of ability. As part of an ongoing effort to improve voting accessibility, Dr.
Gilbert and his lab developed Prime III, a secure, multimodal electronic voting system developed by his
lab that takes a universal design approach to address security, trust, and ease of use issues. Dr. Gilbert and
his research lab won the FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility in the Civic
Participation Solutions category for development of Prime III.
Dr. Gilbert and his research team were recently awarded a $4.5 million dollar grant from the U.S.
Election Assistance Commission to conduct research on accessible voting technologies. Dr. Gilbert's
research team has also conducted studies on the time it takes to vote in an effort to reduce voting lines on

Election Day. This presentation will include a demonstration of Prime III and other voting innovations on
which Dr. Gilbert has worked.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is not required, but is highly encouraged. To register please, email A
free webcast of the live event, with open captioning over the Internet, will be available at
Pre-registration is not required for the live webcast.

Remote Participation

During the event participants can email questions to or tweet a question using

Meeting Site Accessibility

The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Sign language
interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be on site. Other reasonable
accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the
accommodation you will need and tell us how to contact you if we need more information. Make your
request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an
email to: or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530
(voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

More About Dr. Gilbert

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the Presidential Endowed Professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing
(HCC) Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University where he leads the HCC Lab. He is
also a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, National Associate of the
National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Senior
Member of the IEEE. Dr. Gilbert was recently named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in
Technology. In 2013, Dr. Gilbert received an FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility.

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