Information Director

Information Director

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Lourdes Morales Villaverde is a Computer Science PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Most of her research work focuses on the design or development of assistive technology to help blind and visually impaired people (with document formatting or indoor navigation) and people with cognitive or developmental disabilities (with reinforcing skills necessary for daily-living activities). Overall, her research focus is to help people with disabilities live more independently and thus enjoy a better quality of life. Lourdes holds a Computer Science MS degree (2017) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is working to earn a Computer Science PhD degree from the same institution by June 2019. Over the past three years, she has been the Web Chair for ASSETS 2016, 2017 and 2018. She has also collaborated in SIGACCESS efforts to help conferences improve their accessibility.

ASSETS 2018

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SIGACCESS Elections

SIGACCESS Elections: Message from Past Chair

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ASSETS 2017

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ASSETS 2016 Proceedings available

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ASSETS 2016

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Acquisition of Spatial Environmental Information from Tactile Displays

Abstract: It is still recognized as a challenge task while blind and visually impaired people travel outdoor independently, even if there are a number of assistive mobility aids available. In addition to building universal facilities in urban and rural environments for them, it is essential to develop novel mobility assistive technologies and systems to satisfy their increasing demands for mobility. To investigate those demands, an international survey with 106 blind and visually impaired people from …

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ASSETS 2015

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ASSETS 2014

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Interactive Maps for Visually Impaired People: Design, Usability and Spatial Cognition

This thesis demonstrates the importance of interactive maps for visually impaired people and their spatial cognition.

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Chieko Asakawa and Takashi Itoh: 2013 Impact Award

User Interface of a Home Page Reader

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