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June 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2016 issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. Eduardo Pérez and Myriam Arrue write the first article of the 115th issue of the SIGACCESS Newsletter. Following their Best Communication Award at Web for All 2016 (W4A’16) conference, the authors present their work on designing virtual cursors to assist motor-impaired users during web browsing tasks. In the second article, João Guerreiro talks about his research on changing the status quo of screen readers by leveraging concurrent speech feedback to speed-up blind people’s scanning for digital information.

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SIGACCESS remembers Torsten Felzer

With great sadness the SIGACCESS Leadership marks the passing of Dr. Torsten Felzer.

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January 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the January issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2015 Conference. The first article written by the General and Program chairs, Yeliz Yesilada and Jeffrey Bigham, respectively, provides an overview of the conference. The following ten articles describe the research work of the students who attended the ASSETS 2015 Doctoral Consortium led by Giorgio Brajnik and Eelke Folmer.

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2015 Best Student Paper

Social Media Platforms for Low-Income Blind People in India

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2015 Best Paper

Understanding the Challenges Faced by Neurodiverse Software Engineering Employees: Towards a More Inclusive and Productive Technical Workforce

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2015 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award Winners Announced

Designing for Dynamic Diversity: Interfaces for Older People

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October 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the October 2015 issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. In the first article Anke Brock and Christophe Jouffrais give an overview of their research on making geographic maps accessible to visually impaired users. They developed an accessible interactive map prototype composed of a raised-line overlay, an interactive tabletop, and speech output. Their work is currently being used in some classrooms in France for teaching geography to visually impaired children. In the following article, Kotaro Hara and Jon Froehlich talk about their research work aimed at developing scalable data collection methods for remotely acquiring street-level accessibility information and novel mobile navigation and map tools. Finally, Tiago Guerreiro writes an article about the shortcomings of current mobile devices, particularly in the social domain. He then presents his on-going research in areas such as security and privacy, inconspicuous interaction, and social context awareness.

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ASSETS Student Research Competition Undergraduate Winner Mitchell Gordon wins 2nd place in ACM Grand Finals

ASSETS 2014 SRC Winner awarded 2nd place in ACM Grand Finals.

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June 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2015 issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. In the first article, Eelke Folmer presents an innovative project that aims to use unmanned aerial robots to guide blind runners on a track. He describes a prototype and identifies some of the research challenges his lab is trying to tackle. In the next article and following his Best Paper Award at ASSETS’14, Charles Fage writes an article about his work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We reports on a 3-month pilot study with 10 children in mainstreamed schools. In the third and last article, Erin Brady investigates the use of a human-powered access tool that connects people with visual impairments to sighted workers who can answer their visual questions.

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SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award – call for nominations

Important Dates Deadline for nominations: July 1, 2015 Notification of Selection: August 1, 2015 ASSETS 2015 Conference: October 26-28, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal Please send to bruce.walker [at] psych.gatech.edu Award Description The SIGACCESS Impact Award is presented every other year (in odd-numbered years) to the authors of an ASSETS conference paper that has had a significant impact on computing and information technology that addresses the needs of persons with disabilities. Technical papers presented 10 or more …

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