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Hugo Nicolau is an Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon) and a researcher at INESC-ID. His research interests include human-computer interaction, accessibility and mobile interfaces, focusing on the design, development, and evaluation of novel mobile interaction techniques for people with disabilities, either induced by context or health factors. He received his PhD in 2013 in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

September 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to September 2014 SIGACCESS newsletter. Following his recent SIGCHI Social Impact Award, Richard Ladner writes a very personal article on his path to become a full-on accessibility researcher. Indeed, a very interesting reading on the why’s and how’s of his career shift from mathematics and theoretical computer science to accessibility. Along the way he leaves us with useful advices and noteworthy experiences. The second article describes BESiDE, an UK-based project, established within the context of older people’s care environments. The fundamental aim is to provide understanding towards defining the enabling and disabling elements of the built environment. The author provides an overview of on-going research, initial findings, and future work. In the third and last article, authors from University of Tokyo and IBM Research – Tokyo – describe a platform called “Senior Cloud” that supports a novel social model where seniors play an active role in society.

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June 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to June 2014 SIGACCESS newsletter. The first article in this issue presents collaborative work by Ravi Kuber, Shaojian Zhu, Yevgeniy Arber, Kirk Norman and Charlotte Magnusson that uses geomagic touch haptic devices to improve the non-visual Web browsing process. The second article by Nic Hollinworth, Kate Allen, Gosia Kwiatkowska, Andy Minnion, and Faustina Hwang discusses a project that engages people with learning disabilities as co-designers in the development of interactive sensory objects. The third article presents the work of Dr. Stephanie Ludi to improve access to math and science lecture material for visually impaired students.

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January 2014 Newsletter

This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2013 Conference. The first article written by Dr. Richard Ladner and Dr. Clayton Lewis provides an overview of the conference. A report on the first ASSETS captioning challenge was contributed by Dr. Raja Kushalnagar. The remaining ten articles highlight the research work of the students who attended the ASSETS 2013 doctoral consortium.

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