I’m excited to share work with collaborators Cindy Bennet and Erin Brady on theorizing Interdependence as a new frame for designing assistive technologies. Additionally, my PhD mentee, Ali Abdolrahmani, will be presenting work with Ravi Kuber and myself on the prospects of personal assistants that leverage voice-user interfaces (think: Amazon Echo) to provide increased access to the blind community. We’ll see you in Ireland at ASSETS 2018!
- Bennett, C., Brady, E., Branham, S.M. “Interdependence as a Frame for Assistive Technology Research and Design.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility (ASSETS ’18), Galway, Ireland, October 22-24, 2018. 10 pages. forthcoming
- Abdolrahmani, A., Kuber, R., Branham, S.M. “‘Siri Talks at You’”: An Empirical Investigation of Voice Activated Personal Assistant (VAPA) Usage by Individuals Who are Blind.” In Proceedings of the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility (ASSETS ’18), Galway, Ireland, October 22-24, 2018. 10 pages. forthcoming
I am thrilled to share that I will be joining the faculty at UC Irvine’s Department of Informatics this fall as an Assistant Professor. Dreams do come true:)
Dean Bowman nominated me to present a “microtalk” of my work at UMBC’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Social Hour. My opening line: “If this were a nanotalk, I would say ‘people with disabilities deserve technologies that don’t isolate or stigmatize them.’ But it’s a microtalk, so you’re stuck with me for a couple more minutes.”
Our research paper “Gender Recognition or Gender Reductionism?” has been selected to receive a Best Paper Award (top 1% of submissions) at CHI 2018. CHI continues to show its commitment to diversity and inclusion as it helps us raise awareness of transgender safety and wellbeing. Thank you!
I should also add that, when you love who you work with, good things happen. It’s been a delight to collaborate on this project with postdoc Foad Hamidi (coming to the job market in Fall 2018!) and my fabulous MS student advisee, Morgan Scheuerman (check for his application to your PhD programs this Spring!).
I am thrilled to share a new collaboration with local company TRX Systems, Inc. and American Printing House for the Blind. Together we will study appropriate developer support for creating universally usable indoor routing aids. For more details, please see the current feature article on UMBC’s College of Engineering and IT front page.
Our forthcoming CHI 2018 paper, in 30 seconds:
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.
Very excited to help organize a workshop on Inclusive Educational Technologies for People with Visual Impairments with these fine people: Oussama Metatla, Christophe Jouffrais, Jeff Bigham, Stacy Branham, Marcos Serrano, Anja Thieme, Shaun Kane, and Émeline Brulé. Our CfP is coming soon!