Neil Scott is the Director of the Archimedes Project at the University of Hawaii, a multidisciplinary research project that focuses on improving human/computer interaction strategies and technologies. He was a founding member of the Archimedes Project at Stanford University in 1992. His is currently working on the design and dissemination of new intelligent interface technologies that make computers easier for everyone to use. Stanford University received a patent in 2000 for the Total Access System invented by Scott. The Total Access System provides universal access to computers and other electronic devices using technologies such as speech recognition, head tracking, and eye tracking. It was selected as one of the five top innovations in computer hardware in the 1997 Discover Magazine awards.
Scott invented a new type of natural interaction processor in 2002 that he used to create an Intelligent Total Access System. This enables people to use their own natural words and gestures to interact with and control computers, Information Technology and appliances. Two patents are pending for the Natural Interaction Processor at the heart of this new technology. Current activities are focused on developing and licensing new applications of the core technology in disability access, education, smart houses, and support for aging people. These applications are extremely wide-ranging and Scott is working to establish collaborative relationships with researchers and manufacturers in the United States, New Zealand, England and Japan.
The lead article in a special Millennium Edition of the San Francisco magazine, in January 2000, featured Neil Scott as one of fifteen Bay Area futurists who will shape the way people live, think, work and play in the new millennium. He was named a Lifetime Tech Laureate in the 2002 International Tech Museum of Innovation Awards for his commitment to creating technologies that promote equal opportunity and diversity for people around the world.
- 1972 Registration as Professional Engineer P.E with Institute of Professional Engineers, New Zealand (IPENZ)
- 1969 - 1970 B.E. with First Class Honors in Electrical Engineering, Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand
- 1964 - 1968 New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (Telecommunications, pass with distinction). New Zealand Technician's Authority.
University of Hawaii. Establishing and directing the Archimedes Project at the University of Hawaii where activities are focused on extending the scope of applications for the ITAS and working with corporations to license and commercialize it under the name iTASK.
- 1992 - 2003 Stanford University. Director and Chief Engineer of The Archimedes Project at Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). Developed Total Access System, Intelligent Total Access System and Integration Manager and Natural Interaction Manager.
- 1987 - 1992 California State University, Northridge. Special Projects Engineer, Office of Disabled Student Services, California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Access Technology Specialist, designed and set up the Computer Access Laboratory which served over 1,000 disabled students at CSUN annually.
- 1986 - 1987 Private Consultant in Disability Access. San Francisco. Providing accessibility solutions to disabled individuals. Wrote two books, one on Accessible technology, and one on computer organization and architecture.
- 1974 - 1986 Wellington Polytechnic, Wellington, New Zealand. Lecturer, Assistant Dean, and then Dean of School of Physics, Electronics, Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering (PETE), Wellington Polytechnic, Wellington, N.Z.
- 1971 - 1973 New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. Radio and Television Development Engineer, Head Office of New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, Wellington, N.Z.
- 1964 - 1971 New Zealand Broadcasting Service . Radio and Television Development Technician, Head Office of New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, Wellington, N.Z.
- 1961 - 1964 New Zealand Broadcasting Service . Radio and Television Studio Technician, Regional office of New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, Dunedin, N.Z.
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Honors and Professional Associations:
- 2003 Presented the 2003 Newnham Lecture for the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.
- 2002 Designated a Lifetime Laureate of the Silicon Valley Tech Museum in San Jose. Knight Ridder sponsored Scott in the Equality category for his work in developing technology that helps people around the world share in the benefits of the information age.
- 2000 Featured in the lead article in the January 2000 edition of San Francisco magazine as one of fifteen Bay Area futurists who will shape the way people live, think, work and play in the new millennium.
- 1997 Nominated by Discover Magazine as one of top five innovators in computer hardware and electronics for conceiving and developing the Total Access System.
- 1985 - 1986 Senior Fellow in Education, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, investigating feasibility of distance teaching in remote N.Z. areas, and researching and writing book on using computers to assist people with disabilities;
- 1984 - 1984 Visiting Scholar, Academy for Educational Development, Washington, D.C. Devised solutions for problems in the area of satellite-based distance-teaching.
- 1982 - 1982 Fulbright Scholarship at various locations in the U.S. to study:
- Ways in which universities were using computers and satellites to provide access for disabled and remotely located students; and
- Computer access for individuals with disabilities.
- 1972 Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), Institute of Professional Engineers, New Zealand (IPENZ).
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- July 2000 U.S. Patent 6083270 was awarded for the Total Access System
- 2003 U.S. Patent Pending for Intelligent Total Access System
- 2004 U.S. Patent pending for Integration Manager and Natural Integration Manager
- Computers in Education article published in Information Impacts Magazine, June 2001.
- Computers In Education article published in Information Impacts Magazine, June 2001.
- Intelligent User Interfaces article published in Information Impacts Magazine, March 2001.
- Innovations in User Interfaces , article published in Dr Dobbs Special Report, December, 2000.
- Making Computers Accessible to everyone, article published in Information Impacts Magazine, June 2000.
- Using the Total Access System to Access the World Wide Web. Paper and presentation to the World Wide Web Sixth International Conference, Santa Clara, April, 1997
- Disability, Inability and Cyberspace, John Perry, Elizabeth Macken, Neil Scott, and Jan Mckinley, July 1966
- Survey of Problems faced by Blind and Visually Impaired Computer Users Because of GUI, Paper and presentation to AER Conference, Dallas, July 1994
- Computer Assistance for People with Disabilities, first edition published in New Zealand, 1986; second edition revised for and published in U.S., 1987.
- Co-author, with Catherine Britell, M.D., of chapter on assistive technology in Principles and Practices of Rehabilitation Medicine, second edition. Edited by Joel Delisa and published by Lippincott, 1992.
- Co-author, with Marshall Raskind, of chapter on technology and software for learning disabled students in Success For College Students with Learning Disabilities. Edited by Vogel and Adelman. Published by Springer Verlag, 1992.
- Ghost writer of Computer Organization and Architecture for James Adair, Harvard. Glenview, Illinois, Scott Foresman and Company, 1988.
- Universal Speech Access, Proceedings of Speech Tech/Voice Systems Worldwide 1992, and conference, Media Dimensions, Inc., New York, February 4-6, 1992
- The Universal Access System, presentation at the American Voice Input/Output Society Conference, Atlanta, September, 1991
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Presentations and Seminars:
Neil Scott is a popular keynote speaker at international conferences and is frequently invited to brief government departments and industry leaders about trends in human/computer interfaces, educational applications of computers, accessibility for people with disabilities, and independent living for aging people. During the past seven years, Scott has made more than 200 presentations in the United States, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Egypt, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
Co-author, with Marshall Raskind, of "SoundProof," a PC screen reading program for individuals with learning disabilities. This program is licensed to HumanWare, Inc., Sacramento, who has been manufacturing and distributing it world-wide since 1991.
Designer of "ScottBridge" speech accessor program for adding speech recognition to any PC or workstation.
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Examples of Experience in Developing and Applying Technology:
- Ho'alauna Communication System: A personal computer based system that helps aging people to remain independent
- Can Communicator: Designed tablet-computer-based communication device for children with autism.
- Human interaction and control components for smart working, learning and home environments.
- Intelligent Total Access System: Invented a new method for processing natural language and gestures and incorporated it into the Total Access System to create an Intention Driven Interface.
- Total Access System: Designed and developed System that enables any disabled person to use any computer. U.S. Patent awarded in 2000.
- Speech Recognition systems: Extensive experience since 1989 in designing and setting up speech recognition systems and training disabled individuals to use them in educational, work, and home environments.
- Computer Access Lab at California State University, Northridge: Designed, set-up and ran this lab for students with disabilities during its initial phase of operation.
- SensorSwitch: Developed the SensorSwitch for detecting minuscule muscle movements and licensed it to Don Johnson Developmental Equipment in 1987 for manufacture and distribution. This device is still in commercial production.
- Technical Aid Trust: Set up national New Zealand Technical Aid Trust to bring together technical resources for providing assistance to disabled people.
- Augmentative Communication Devices: Developed computers and programs for enabling physically disabled persons to use computers as communication devices.
- Micro Hydro Control System: Designed and implemented an automatic control and scheduling system for a micro hydro that used the drinking water supply to generate electricity for a village in Fiji.
- Poly Educational Computer System: Initiated, designed and developed the Poly Educational Computer System for the New Zealand Department of Education.
- PeaceSat Network: Developed components for, and participated in installation and operation of the PeaceSat Network (Pacific-wide satellite communication system using an old ATS1 weather satellite).
- Professional Audio and Video Equipment: Developed a broad range of high performance radio and television studio equipment as an Engineer, and earlier as a technician, while employed by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation/Service.
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