Ender Tekin, PhD
Position title: Data Scientist, American Family Insurance
BS 2000, Electrical-Electronics Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
MS 2001, Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
PhD 2008 Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Tekin is interested in harnessing new mobile technologies to provide access to environmental information for persons with vision loss. As mobile devices and wearable technologies proliferate, there are new avenues to interact with the constant mesh of devices and appliances in the environment, opening up new possibilities to improve the independence and self-sufficiency of persons with vision loss.
One of Dr. Tekin’s main interests is using emerging technologies to improve communication aids for persons with vision and hearing loss, a fast growing segment of the population in developed countries as life expectancies increase. Whereas persons who have hearing loss but good vision can make use of facial cues to improve their speech reception, persons who have combined vision and hearing loss are unable to compensate for the loss of information in communication. Dr. Tekin is exploring combining audio and video inputs in order to improve speech enhancement algorithms to aid speech reception for persons with such dual sensory loss.
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