Thesis Repository

SIGACCESS promotes the interests of professionals working on research and development of computing and information technology to help persons with disabilities. This repository is provided as a resource for PhD and Masters degree candidates, researchers, scientists, and engineers who are actively pursuing advanced research in hypertext and hypermedia.

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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User-Sensitive Mobile Interfaces: Accounting for Individual Differences amongst the Blind

We explore individual differences among blind people and assess how they are related with mobile interface demands, both at low (e.g. performing an on-screen gesture) and high level (text-entry) tasks.

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Developing HCI Technology to Aid in Communication Research for Individuals with Impairments: A Language and Linguistic Perspective

This work examines how HCI and CS techniques can impact language development , empathy and the role communication impairment has on linguistic patterns and conversation quality.

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Optimizing Video Presentations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Participants in Mainstream Classrooms

This dissertation explores a consumer device-driven approach that is centered on multiple view perspectives (MVP)

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Using Data About Real World Pointing Performance to Improve Computer Access with Automatic Assessment

We have studied real world pointing use from older adults and individuals with motor impairments and developed novel techniques to analyze their performance.

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AWA, Methodological Framework in the Accessibility Domain for Web Application Development

As a proposed solution to this situation, from the engineering perspective, the methodological support AWA (Accessibility for Web Applications) is presented in this thesis.

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Inclusive User Modelling

I have also addressed the shortcomings of existing HCI models and hope to develop a system that will be easier to use than the existing models and support both able-bodied and disabled users.

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Addressing Age-Related Pen-Based Target Acquisition Difficulties

The results of this research support our main thesis that the accessibility of pen-based interfaces can be improved for older adults by first examining the sources of age-related acquisition difficulty, and then using the results of this examination to develop improved techniques.

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Towards Behaviour-Driven Transcoding of Web Content Through an Analysis of User Coping Strategies

This thesis presents work that addresses both these limitations. SADIe, a content transcoder, was developed that is both accurate and scalable.

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Non Visual Navigation of Excel Spreadsheet

Providing a more accessible non-visual navigation of spreadsheets will help individuals who are blind and visually impaired in getting a better education, will improve their skills, and assist them in entering new careers.

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