Joshua A. Miele, Ph.D., The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

Photo of Josh in his office at S-K.

Bio and Research Interests

Dr. Miele is a Smith-Kettlewell Scientist with over 25 years of experience in developing innovative, information-accessibility solutions for blind people. He has a Bachelor’s degree in physics and a Ph.D. in psychoacoustics from the University of California at Berkeley.

As Director of the Description Research and Innovation Lab (DRIL), as well as Associate Director of the Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Blindness and Low Vision, he leads a team of engineers and scientists dedicated to addressing a wide variety of accessible information challenges in education, employment, and entertainment. His leadership of the DRIL (formerly the Video Description Research and Development Center) energetically integrates accessibility engineering, education research, psychophysics, disability studies, and other disciplines, applying description technologies and techniques to a wide range of information accessibility challenges for people with visual disabilities.

Smith-Kettlewell’s award-winning work on video accessibility for the blind has produced YouDescribe – a free web site which allows anyone, anywhere, to describe any YouTube video and share that description with the world. YouDescribe is the first technology of its kind to allow crowdsourcing of video description.

More information about Dr. Miele’s projects may be found at the Miele Lab web site

Contact Information

Joshua A. Miele, Ph.D.
The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
2318 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

TEL: (415) 345-2113


Twitter: @BerkeleyBlink