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Juan E. Gilbert studies how people interact with technology and how it affects society. His team has developed electronic voting and voice texting software. He answers the 10 ScienceLives questions below.
Credit: Patrick Wright, Clemson University

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Juan E. Gilbert is an IDEaS professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University. He leads the Human-Centered Computing Lab at Clemson and also is a professor in the Automotive Engineering Department. Gilbert's research focuses on a variety of applications.

For example, his team created "Prime III," an electronic voting system that is accessible to all voters, even if they are illiterate, cannot see, hear or have a physical disability (i.e., arthritis or a missing limb). Gilbert and his team also created "voiceTEXT," which allows drivers to send text messages while keeping their eyes on the road.

In 2011, Gilbert received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Mentoring from President Barack Obama. Learn more about Gilbert as he answers the 10 ScienceLives questions in this video interview.

Name: Juan E. Gilbert
Age: 42
Institution: Clemson University
Field of Study: Human-centered computing

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