I am Michel Knowles, currently a senior at Southern Oregon University, earning a baccalaureate of science degree in Computer Science Multimedia with an emphasis on Computer Security and Information Assurance and Forensic Analysis and a baccalaureate of science degree in Emerging Media and Digital Arts with a focus on Multimedia and 3D Interaction. I anticipate graduating magna cum laude in June 2014. I am a U.S. Air Force veteran and a 25 year retired corporate Chef.
I am interested in Spatial Recognition in computer science to mitigate obstacles for disabled individuals who utilize high technology in their daily lives. I plan on going into research for the advancement of High Technology for Accessibility for American’s with disabilities, specifically US veterans.
I will be continuing the McNair Summer Internship Research project, Adapting Microsoft’s Kinect for Assistive Technologies, during my winter and spring capstone classes. I will be working with the Microsoft Kinect for PC to develop a set of requirements allowing its use within the Adaptive Technologies field. I assisted in developing the McNair Portal to Resources Project Website Development for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. I was a member of a group that accepted the challenge to re-design the Rogue Community Television digital presence.
My undergraduate education has been supported by scholarships received from the National SMART Grant and Southern Oregon University Diversity Scholarship. I am a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.
McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lynn Ackler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
McNair Faculty Co-Mentor: Robert Arellano, MFA, Director of the Center for Emerging Media
SOU McNair Scholars Journal 2013
2013 McNair Scholar Symposium
Presentation Handout: Adapting Microsoft's Kinect for Assistive Technologies: A Study in Gesture Identification for Natural User Interfaces (NUI) to Determine Functional Limitations of Users and Hardware