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About the project

Many people have contributed to the QuikScan Project

David K. Farkas, Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, USA) is the main driver of the QuikScan Project.

QuikScan began as a collaboration between Dave and Quan Zhou, who is currently Associate Professor of Technical Communication at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dave directed Quan's 2008 dissertation on QuikScan. The initial experiments were conducted by Quan Zhou as part of his dissertation work.

Chris Elko, a software developer at Amazon, codes JavaScript and contributes valuable design ideas.

Professor Hans van der Meij, at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, took an early interest in QuikScan and has performed and supervised most of the key empirical studies of QuikScan. Professor Thea van der Geest has also done important experimental work. The graduate students and other researchers who worked with Hans and Thea are listed on the Research page as co-authors on QuikScan publications.

Many students at the University of Washington contributed to the development of QuikScan. Of special note are Holly Ambler, Matt Carthum, Bob Kittle, Kelly Lillis, Nicholas Nordlof, and Chris Raleigh.

Malcolm Goodrich, Lisa Lowery, Ruben Rios, and Scott Wang conducted valuable usability testing on QuikScan in 2014. Ruben also contributed useful design ideas.

Professor Sushil Oswal, of the University of Washington, Tacoma, is a blind reader and JAWS power-user. He provided valuable perpsectives on blind readers and their use of QuikScan.

Jean B. Farkas has contributed to the project in many ways.