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Automated Personalization Computer Project (APCP)

GPII Auto-personalization logo In September for 2015 the Technology Innovation Program of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, US Dept of Education awarded a consortium of academic, commercial and non-profit organizations a 20 Million dollar coopertive agreement to take the auto-personalization function of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) from concept and proof-of-concept stage through to commercial quality implementation and to test it in 10 American Job Centers, a community college and a number of high schools. 

 


Background

The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) was first proposed by the Trace R&D Center in 2010 to address the problem of advancing technologies leaving people behind due to barriers they faced due to disability, literacy, digital literacy and aging.  Drawing from research from the Inclusive Design Research Center at OCAD University and the Trace R&D Center (now at) the University of Maryland, College Park, the plan called for a comprehensive infrastructure that included components related to making it much easier to a) find solutions if they existed, b) create solutions if the didn’t, and c) apply needed features and solutions on any information and communication technologies instantly as people encountered the technologies.

 Major Components of GPII

Two large scale integrating projects were funded by the European Commission to help explore and build proof-of-concept concept versions of key components of this infrastructure, Cloud4all and Prosperity4All.   Parallel grants in Canada (Fluid/Floe) and in the United States (UIITA-RERC and PGA) provided funds to complement these efforts and to explore other components.   

Based on this work the proof-of-concept work was completed and the ShoppingAid/Unified Listing and DeveloperSpace went live in September of 2017.    

The Automated Personalization Computer Project (APCP)

In September for 2015,  the Technology Innovation Program of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, US Dept of Education awarded a consortium of academic, commercial and non-profit organizations a 20 Million dollar coopertive agreement to take the auto-personalization function of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) from concept and proof-of-concept stage through to commercial quality implementation and to test it in 10 American Job Centers, a community college and a number of high schools. 

Direct collaborating organizations on the project include (in alphabetical order)  Center for Civic Design, IBM, Inclusive Design Research Center at OCAD University, Inclusive Technologies, Microsoft Corporation, Raising the Floor - International, Raising the Floor - US, Syracuse University and Trace R&D Center, University of Maryland, College Park.     However, this work is part of a much larger effort to build the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) that involves over 50 organizations internationally. 

The project completed the phase I build and began pilot testing:   American Job Centers beginning in September 2017,  Community college in 2018, and High schools in 2019.   (In parallel and under separate funding the Trace R&D Center’s Universal Interface and Information Technology Access RERC will be pilot testing the GPII auto-personalization in libraries).

 

 

Acknowlegements

The Automated Personalization Computer Project is funded by the Technology Innovation Program of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, US Dept of Education under grants UW H421A150005, and UMD H421A150006.  (No endorsement of the project or its results by the funding agency should be inferred.)

(The Trace R&D Center Universal Interface and Information Technology Access RERC is funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, US Dept of Health and Human Services under grant # 90RE5027)