Building from our collaboration with Toyota, my senior PhD student, Ali Abdolrahmani, led this paper on how we can make voice assistants work better for both blind and sighted folks in contexts outside of the home. Check out our short video preview, and read the full paper!
Abdolrahmani, A., Gupta, M.H., Vader, M.-L., Kuber, R., Branham, S.M. “Towards More Transactional Voice Assistants: Investigating the Potential for a Multimodal Voice-Activated Indoor Navigation Assistant for Blind and Sighted Travelers.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21), Online Virtual Conference (originally Yokohama, Japan), May 8-13, 2021. (acceptance rate: 26%)
The INsite Lab is really excited to be embarking on an extension of our existing University Mobility Challenge project with Toyota to address the immediate needs of hundreds of blind and low vision community members in the Orange County and Los Angeles region. See a write-up of our project goals, collaborators, and anticipated outcomes on the ICS Blog.
Brews and Brains at UCI is a student-led initiative to support science communication to the general public, a topic near and dear to my heart. So, when they invited me to share my team’s research on voice assistants and people with vision impairments at a local pub, I was all in. This event took place on October 15, 2019. As of December, the work I draw on is or will soon be reported in academic-ese in various venues:
Storer, K., Judge, T.K, Branham, S.M. “‘All in the Same Boat’: Tradeoffs of Voice Assistant Ownership for Mixed-Visual-Ability Families.” CHI 2020, forthcoming
Abdolrahmani, A., Storer, K.M., Mukkath Roy, A.R., Kuber, R., & Branham, S.M. Blind Leading the Sighted: Drawing Design Insights from Blind Users Towards More Productivity-Oriented Voice Interfaces. TACCESS Journal. forthcoming
Branham, S.M. & Mukkath Roy, A.R. “Reading Between the Guidelines: How Commercial Voice Assistant Guidelines Hinder Accessibility for Blind Users.” ASSETS 2019
This was fun to make, and I hope you find it fun and accessible to watch. Many thanks to Brews and Brains, who honored my request to caption the video, and who didn’t tease me when I went for a wine glass instead of a stein:)
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Toyota, in collaboration with UMBC, over the next two years INsite Lab will be developing mobility technologies for people with a range of disabilities. More details here.
Thanks, again, to the wonderful folks at the University of Washington’s DUB for hosting me and video recording my talk, “From Independence to Interdependence: A Social Narrative of Assistive Technology.” I had a terrifically fun time sharing my work and engaging in discussions with faculty and students throughout my visit.
I’m thrilled that a full paper of research I’ve been conducting with my MS thesis student, Morgan Scheuerman, and collaborator Foad Hamidi has been (conditionally) accepted to CHI 2018! Stay tuned for a link to “Gender Recognition or Gender Reductionism? The Social Implications of Automatic Gender Recognition Systems.”
I had a wonderful time reflecting on the research I’ve been conducting with collaborators over the last two years last Wednesday. Nothing compares to the energy and insights brought by the bright minds at UW DUB. Slides and video to come soon.