Astronomy Colloquium: Matthew Schneps


Nov. 14, 2014, 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 217


Matthew Schneps, a research professor in the Department of Computer Science at UMass, Boston, and director of the Laboratory for Visual Learning at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will be the featured speaker at a Department of Physics and Astronomy colloquium. His talk is titled, "The Physics of (mis)Reading."

For those who read well, reading feels as if it is a completely natural process, something that is so automatic and natural it seems akin to breathing. However, for people with dyslexia who struggle to read, reading is anything but natural. In fact, reading is among one of the most complex tasks we require people to master, and the task itself places severe constraints on the "detectors" and "processors" making up the circuits in the human brain used for reading. Here, Schneps will examine some of these fundamental constraints from an information processing perspective, and raise the question of whether the methods for reading we have been using for centuries is appropriate given our neurology, or whether reading should be redesigned in view of new technologies for reading. 

Refreshments start at 3:30 p.m.

Admission Information

Admission is free. No ticket required.

Contact Information

Department of Physics and Astronomy

External Sponsor

Department of Physics and Astronomy