Shawn C. Roll PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM
Research Lab: Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance (MSOP)
Year of Entry: 2022
My research interests lie within the vast potential of transdisciplinary investigation into applications of artificial intelligence (AI) for smart environments. This was largely inspired by increasing collaboration in the field between occupational scientists and engineers, as well as between occupational scientists and disability studies scholars through the OT+DS network. Due to the strengthening of these connections, I believe it is not only largely possible but responsible to draw upon this network of researchers to consider how smart technology applications will influence both social and physical factors of accessibility. As an occupational scientist, I hope to apply the biopsychosocial model to investigations of how smart devices in occupational environments will impact all people, while emphasizing disability as an identity and not only a condition of the being as it has largely been treated by literature investigating AI applications. I am also interested in the design process and how it dis/allows accessibility within the smart environments already utilized today.