Date: Tuesday, 3 April
Advancing the User Experience
Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation
The combination of advances in telecommunications, computers, consumer electronics and software, using Internet standards, will bring people the empowerment of the information age any time, any place and on any device.
Come hear Bill Gates' vision for the future of software's effect on these new user interfaces and experiences. Bill will discuss how these new experiences will continue to help every individual to better use information technology and lead more productive lives.
Bill Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services, and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its investment of more than $3 billion on research and development in the current fiscal year. Under Gates' leadership, Microsoft's mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology and to make it easier, more cost-effective, and more enjoyable for people to use computers.
Date: Thursday, 5 April
Why Do We? Why Can't We? Future Perspectives and Research Directions.
Gregg Vanderheiden, Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gregg C. Vanderheiden directs the Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a Professor, Industrial Engineering Department.
Dr. Vanderheiden's work is focused on the design of standard mass-market products and systems so that they can be used by everyone, including people who are older or who have disabilities. Dr. Vanderheiden is one of the principal authors of the W3C's Web Access Guidelines. Dr. Vanderheiden's work can be found in every copy of Macintosh and Windows operating systems, including more than half a dozen features in Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000.
Dr. Vanderheiden serves on the FCC's Technological Advisory Council, was a member of the Telecommunications Access Advisory committee and the Electronic Information Technology Access Advisory Committee for the US Access Board, and served on the steering committee for the National Research Council's Planning Group on "Every Citizen Interfaces," co-authoring the NRC's More Than Screen Deep Report.