Nursuriati Jamil is a Professor at College of Computing, Informatics and Mathematics, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia Her research path began with multimedia information retrieval moving into image processing and speech analysis and is now focusing on applying machine learning algorithms to solve real-life problems. She founded the Digital Image, Audio and Speech Technology research group at her university and is now heading the National Autism Resource Centre. Over the last five years, she has secured over RM1 million research grants and has attained h-index of 17 and 1,272 citations. Nursuriati is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of Persatuan Capaian & Pengurusan Maklumat, Malaysia
Breaking Barriers : Harnessing Multimedia Intelligence to Support Neurodiversity. In a world where diversity is celebrated, it's crucial to understand, embrace, and support neurodiversity. Neurodiverse individuals bring unique perspectives, talents, and challenges to our communities, and it's our responsibility to ensure they have the tools and opportunities to thrive. This keynote presentation examines the intersection of technology and inclusion by exploring concept of empathetic technology, powered by multimedia intelligence to bridge the gap between neurodiverse individuals and the world around them. It introduces the diverse landscape of neurodiversity and the challenges faced by individuals and uncover the unique strengths they bring to society and the barriers they encounter daily. Next, multimedia intelligence is introduced by showcasing how personalized content, sensory accommodations, and communication aids can significantly enhance the lives of neurodiverse individuals. The importance of inclusive design and user-centered development, ethical considerations and responsible technology use will also be addressed. As conclusion, a discussion on potential developments and trends to further support neurodiversity will be called upon urging technology developers, therapists, parents and medical practitioners to collaborate for a moreinclusive, empathetic, and accessible future.