Multimedia Information Analysis (MIA) Laboratory

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Recently, we are funded with a small NSF I-Corps award that allows us to explore new technology for autism management and research. While we are working on a few prototypes, we want to make sure that our research will eventually produce a system that can benefit the community as a whole.  In collaboration with the NSF program manager, we are now conducting interviews with different stakeholders to identify the key issues and their needs.

More specifically, we are interested in talking with

  • caregivers and parents with young children (0-12 yrs) with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • researchers in psychology, education, and medicine with a focus on behaviors of children with ASD
  • special-education educators teaching students with ASD in schools
  • developmental pediatricians
  • behavioral, speech, and occupational therapists working with children with ASD

If you belong to any of the above groups or you are simply an individual who has a strong interest in ASD, we would love to interview you either in person, through a video chat or a phone call. Some of our questions are:

  1. What role do you play and what is the most frustrating part of your day in providing services, conducting research or caring for children with ASD?
  2. What do you think is the most pressing issue facing families with young children with ASD?
  3. Do you use consumer electronic devices, including cameras, smartphones, tablets, computers, etc. in your interaction with children with ASD and their families? How do you use them?
  4. If you are a parent or caregiver, do you feel that you have enough support from your child’s doctors and therapists? How often do you see them? Do you need to conduct in-home therapy with your child? How do you learn the skills?
  5. If you are a therapist or a physician, how do you involve the parent or caregiver in your treatment plan? How do you ensure consistency across different providers that a family may have at the same time?
  6. If you are a teacher, how do you communicate with the parent of your students with behavioral issues? Would you invite a parent into a classroom for observation so that s/he can have a first hand knowledge of the problem?
  7. If you are a researcher, what types of behavior data do you collect? Where do you collect them and for how long? What are some of the difficulties in collecting unbiased observation data?

All in all, we are interested in the difficulties in caring for a child with special needs and we want to see if we can develop a device that can help. ALL YOUR ANSWERS WILL BE CONSIDERED AS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION AND WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED IN ANY FORMS.

It is important that your answers will not be affected by our current project goals, which can be found by following this link to our award page at the NSF. However, we strongly urge you to hold off visiting that page until after we have spoken with you.

We must complete all the interviews by August 22, 2014 and really need your help. All we need is 30 minutes of your time. Please drop us an email at We look forward to talking with you.


Samson Cheung, Principal Investigator

Ying Luo, Entrepreneurship Lead

Bruce Walcott, Entrepreneurship Mentor