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Microsoft Research Partners with UT Austin, Texas iSchool for Microsoft Ability Initiative

March 29, 2019

Despite significant developments in the world of automated image captioning, current image captioning approaches are not well-aligned with the needs of people with visual impairments. People who are blind or with low vision share a unique and real challenge –their visual impairment exposes them to a time-consuming, and sometimes, impossible task of learning what content is present in an image without visual assistance. As such, these communities often seek a visual assistant to describe photos they take themselves or find online. 

King Davis to Receive Benjamin Rush Award for Central State Hospital Archives Project

Feb. 28, 2019

Texas iSchool Colleague and Research Professor King Davis was recently selected for the Benjamin Rush Award from the American Psychiatric Association for, “The Central State Hospital Archives Project.” Known as the “Father” of American psychiatry, Rush is celebrated for his multiple contri

iSchool Bids Farewell To Lynn Westbrook

Sept. 28, 2018

Associate Professor Lynn Westbrook celebrated her retirement from the iSchool on August 28, 2018. Numerous iSchool faculty and staff members came together for an elegant High Tea celebration to honor Westbrook’s 13 years at the iSchool.

 Westbrook started as assistant professor in 2005, after which she became an associate professor in 2009. She taught courses in research methods, information retrieval, information literacy, information resources and services, structuring information interactions, general management, collection development, academic libraries, and pedagogy.

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