UW CREATE

DRAFT: Artificial Intelligence Research Initiatives

One of the most pressing and important changes in computing in the last five years has been the advent of AI that appears practical and is impacting nearly every aspect and application of computing. CREATE researchers are investigating accessibility issues with generative AI. 

If we do not immediately and thoughtfully explore AI’s implications for people with disabilities, we risk them being left behind.

Our recent ethnographic work has demonstrated that today’s newest AI tools, generative AI, can potentially provide a number of accessibility advantages, while also presenting challenges such as verifiability and ableism. However, whether or not these problems have been solved, people with disabilities are actively and frequently using AI on a daily basis now. We must understand the impact and the implications of this.

Current projects investigate two questions:

  • How can AI-based applications focused on solving accessibility problems increase access for people with disabilities? For example, we are developing inclusive datasets, and other methods to correct AI biases; teaching disabled community partners about AI; and developing novel methods for using AI to address a variety of access concerns, such as improving tools for creative work and providing on-demand text simplification.
  • How potentially biased AI-based applications can create new access challenges for people with disabilities as AI infuses into everyday life? For example, our recent resume study demonstrated AI is ableist when used for resume filtering.

March 1 AI Hackfest