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Julian Brinkley, PhD, PMP



My research lies at the intersection of accessibility, design, and software engineering. Broadly, my team and I explore how best to leverage technology to support the social good. As a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher I explore how existing and emerging technologies may be used to improve quality of life, well being, and to enhance the lived experience.

Recently, this interest has involved research focused on understanding the inclusive design of self-driving vehicle technologies with the goal of making this potentially life-changing technology accessible for people with a broad range of disabilities and older adults. My team and I have authored some of the first and most widely cited papers on self-driving vehicle accessibility and we explore a variety of topics related to vehicular automation technologies.

While my vehicle-related research is a passion that we explore to great depth in my Design and Research of In-Vehicle Experiences Lab (DRIVE Lab), I also have an interest in exploring the accessibility of social networking sites, ridesharing systems, educational technologies, Virtual (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), and a host of other systems, products, and technologies.

I intentionally prioritize publishing in high-quality automotive, disability, and assistive technology venues that value work on accessibility and assistive technology. So you can typically find my research in ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), AutoUI, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meetings (HFES), The International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI), ASSETS, and the Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities.

To keep up to speed on what I’m working on follow me on Twitter @JulianBrinkley

I place a great emphasis on collaboration so if you think we can somehow collaborate on a grant proposal, research paper, or project please reach out to me at: JulianBrinkley[at]Clemson.Edu

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