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Press Release Contact:
Kim McCoy, VP of Fund Development
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
kmccoy@vistacenter.org
650-858-0202 ext. 118

Image: Roberto Manduchi, Ph.D.

VISTA CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBER

CONNECTING VISTA CENTER WITH GROUNDBREAKING TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

Palo Alto, CA – December 4th,  2019 - Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired announces the appointment of Roberto Manduchi, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors.

Manduchi is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and devotes his research to assistive technology for the visually impaired community. Upon joining the UCSC faculty in 2001, he co-founded the Computer Vision Lab for graduate students to research computer vision, sensor signal processing, and human-machine interface.   Computer Vision Lab current and completed projects.

Having known of Vista Center for many years, Professor Manduchi recently deepened his relationship with the nonprofit, with engagement in its annual tech conference, VistaTEC, moderating a session on Artificial Intelligence research. 

Karae Lisle, Vista Center’s Executive Director, noted that advances in assistive technology made possible by researchers like the well-respected Manduchi, have made it feasible for individuals with a wide range of challenges to enhance engagement in life activities, such as education and employment. “Having a groundbreaking academic like Professor Manduchi join our board is an incredible honor,” Lisle stated. “His contributions will strengthen our ability to meet  growing client demands.”

Manduchi obtained his “Dottorato di ricerca” (Research Doctorate) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy.  Before joining UCSC, he held professional positions at Apple and NASA  JPL, and is a co-recipient of the 2013 Helmholtz Prize for fundamental contributions in Computer Vision.  Manduchi  LinkedIn Profile

Professor Manduchi and the Vision Lab graduate students have collaborated with SKERI, FBK, IBM, and CICATA-IPN, as well as consulted with and advised assistive technology developers, including Aquifi and Aira. During his tenure, Manduchi’s research has been funded by DARPA, NASA, NSF and NIH.  Computer Vision Lab published articles.

“I am thrilled to join the Vista Center Board of Directors,” Manduchi said.  “In my research of exploring the use of mobile computer vision and wearable sensors, I feel that an immersive connection with a non-profit that works directly with blind and visually impaired people is critical to my work.  Vista Center, a prestigious California nonprofit, supports a large geographic area, providing a variety of opportunities to serve youth, working adults and seniors, who are visually challenged.  It is truly a privilege to join Vista Center in their mission.” 

About Vista Center
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, is the premier regional resource nonprofit for vision loss rehabilitation services. For more than 75 years, Vista Center has served over 3,000 people annually, and offers a wide range of comprehensive programs and services that empower visually impaired community members to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Benito counties. 

We believe that vision loss need not be a barrier to independent living in the age of technology, heightened diversity, and inclusion in our community. www.vistacenter.org

Contact Information:
Karae Lisle, Executive Director
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
klisle@vistacenter.org
650-858-0202