Awards

2021 SIGACCESS ASSETS Impact Award Winner

Disability studies as a source of critical inquiry for the field of assistive technology Author(s):Jennifer Mankoff, Gillian R. Hayes, and Devva Kasnitz. Description: In October 2010 at ASSETS, Jennifer Mankoff, Gillian R. Hayes, and Devva Kasnitz published this paper which was the first to identify and bridge the gap between the assistive technology research field and the field of critical disability studies. Bringing decades of critical thought in social and behavioral sciences to computer scientists, …

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Jonathan Lazar: Outstanding Contribution Recipient 2020

In recognition of his life-long dedication to the goal of accessible technologies and digital content through his research, education, advocacy, policy and legal work.

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2019 Best Student Paper

Deep Learning for Automatically Detecting Sidewalk Accessibility Problems Using Streetscape Imagery Author(s): Galen Weld, Esther Jang, Anthony Li, Aileen Zeng, Kurtis Heimerl and Jon E. Froehlich Institution: University of Washington and University of Maryland Abstract: Recent work has applied machine learning methods to automatically find and/or assess pedestrian infrastructure in online map imagery (e.g., satellite photos, streetscape panoramas). While promising, these methods have been limited by two interrelated issues: small training sets and the choice …

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2019 Best Paper

Sign Language Recognition, Generation, and Translation: An Interdisciplinary Perspective Author(s): Danielle Bragg, Oscar Koller, Mary Bellard, Larwan Berke, Patrick Boudreault, Annelies Braffort, Naomi Caselli, Matt Huenerfauth, Hernisa Kacorri, Tessa Verhoef, Christian Vogler and Meredith Morris Institution: Microsoft Research, Microsoft, Rochester Institute of Technology, Gallaudet University, Paris-Saclay University, Orsay, Boston University, University of Maryland, Leiden University. Abstract: Developing successful sign language recognition, generation, and translation systems requires expertise in a wide range of fields, including computer …

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2019 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award winner

Slide rule: making mobile touch screens accessible to blind people using multi-touch interaction techniques. Author(s): Shaun K. Kane, Jeffrey P. Bigham, and Jacob O. Wobbrock. Description: In October 2008 at ASSETS, Shaun Kane, Jeff Bigham, and Jacob Wobbrock described their work on an experimental screen reader system called Slide Rule. The paper took a risk, studying a technology, touchscreen devices, that seemed inherently inaccessible to blind users and demonstrated convincingly that they could be made …

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2018 Best Paper

Modeling the Speed and Timing of American Sign Language to Generate Realistic Animations

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2018 Best Student Paper

Interdependence as a Frame for Assistive Technology Research and Design

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Judy Brewer: Outstanding Contribution Recipient 2018

In recognition of her decades-long dedication to creating guidelines and impacting policies to help make the World Wide Web accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities

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2017 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award winner

Providing access to graphical user interfaces—not graphical screens

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2017 Best Student Paper

Technology-Mediated Sight: A Case Study of Early Adopters of a Low Vision Assistive Technology

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