Our Research Staff
Stephen Fickas is a Full Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oregon. Before joining the UofO, he was a research assistant at the Information Sciences Institute (USC). Professor Fickas leads the software engineering effort on the project. His research interest is in the area of requirements engineering. In particular, he is interested in a means of acquiring the requirements of a specific user in terms of tool assistance. As part of this project, he heads an effort to devise a "cyberevaluation", an assessment application that can "prescribe" an assistance-profile for a user.
Related to the cyberevaluation project, Professor Fickas is also interested in monitoring requirements over time. A prescription generated today can easily go out of date. The question is how to detect a no longer valid prescription. He heads a project to do "prescription monitoring".
Dr. Todis received extensive training in qualitative methodology in both the departments of Sociology and Special Education during her doctoral training at the University of Oregon. She has conducted qualitative studies in several areas related to the integration of adults and children with disabilities in educational and community settings and has published the findings of these studies in books and refereed special education journals. She was the Project Director of a recent qualitative research project sponsored by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) examining the issues related to student use of assistive technology in educational settings, co-directed two OSEP funded projects related to the education of students with TBI in integrated settings, and is currently the director of a five-year OSEP funded study of factors contributing to under-identification of individuals with TBI in public schools. In each of these projects Dr. Todis has employed and is employing PAR approaches and qualitative methodologies similar to those that will be used in the proposed project. Dr. Todis will adjust her FTE on currently funded projects to allow her to commit the allocated FTE to the proposed project.