Artificial Intelligence– Can A-I Help People with Sensory/Physical Disabilities

Session 6

Chances are that you have some knowledge of artificial intelligence. You might have seen it on the news, on a TV show, or read about it in TechCrunch.  Technology has been opening doors for individuals with disabilities, from motorized scooters to hearing aids, and glasses that talk, for many years.  In the future, AI will begin to supercharge those efforts with the new abilities and expanded access.  With one billion-plus people with disabilities around the world, there is plenty of work to be done – and a large community to serve.


Our panelists will discuss the capabilities of A-I for creating a more diverse set of users and explore how the pace of innovation  impacts the artificial intelligence arena. Our panel is interested in the success of AI’s ability to improve the inclusivity of our technology world, by including people with all types of special needs (in accessing, using, storing information, and the like).


Patrick Clary

Product Manager

Accessibility Engineering Team


As product manager on the Accessibility Engineering team at Google, Patrick works to develop services and technology that benefit users with disabilities. Prior to Google, Patrick was a software engineer at Lockheed Martin working on NASA related projects.


Patrick earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an MBA with a focus on new product development from Carnegie Mellon.


Roberto Manduchi


University of California at Santa Cruz

Roberto Manduchi is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has been on the faculty since 2001.


Previously, he held positions at Apple Computer and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds a Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova and is a co-recipient of the 2013 Helmholtz Prize for fundamental contributions in Computer Vision. Dr. Manduchi leads research on assistive technology for people with low vision and blindness, with support from NSF and NIH.

Anat Nulman

Regional Manager


Anat Nulman has dedicated the past 5+ years to working with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. She’s the regional manager for 20 western states at OrCam technologies, the manufacturer of the world’s most advanced wearable artificial vision device - OrCam MyEye.


Anat hold a BS in Business Administration from San Jose State University.  She is passionate about innovative technologies that improve people’s lives and about networking with the community to find innovative solutions that benefit individuals and community partners. 

Marco Trujillo

Chief Executive Officer


Marco Trujillo, is a Mexican tech entrepreneur, awarded as Social Innovator of the Year by MIT Technology Review in 2015 and graduated from Y Combinator in 2017 with his startup Sunu, a smartwatch that uses sonar, haptics and GPS navigation to empower Visually Impaired users to  move freely and safely. 


Sunu launched its first product, the Sunu Band and App, in December 2017 and today has thousands of users in over 50 countries. The product has been evolving over time, bringing more orientation and mobility features, like sonar edge detection, map exploration, turn by turn navigation, etc. Sunu is currently developing an AI for navigation assistance.