SIGACCESS Newsletter

Hugo Nicolau, Editor-in-Chief, University of Lisbon, hugo.nicolau@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Inside this Issue

Welcome to the June 2019 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter.

Implications of Developments in Machine Learning for People with Cognitive Disabilities

In the first article, Clayton Lewis writes an interesting article on how machine learning can benefit people with cognitive disabilities, what are the current technology limitations, and how can we, as a community, overcome them.

SpokeSense: Developing a Real-Time Sensing Platform for Wheelchair Sports

In the second article, Carrington, Laput, and Bigham present SpokeSense, a sensing solution designed for wheelchair basketball players that provides support for both long-term and real-time analysis of athlete's performance.

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SIGACCESS Officers

Shari Trewin, Chair. Shari is a researcher in the Accessibility Leadership team at IBM Research, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and Chair of ACM's Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS). Her research interests lie in accessibility, usability, and artificial intelligence technologies. Recently she has been working on AI Fairness for People with Disabilities, automation of accessibility test and repair, better prioritization of accessibility isses found by tools, enhancing automated captions, and an accessibility ontology for industry.

Matt Huenerfauth, Vice-Chair. Matt is a professor in the Golisano College of Computer and Information Sciences at the The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he is a member of the faculty of the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies and the Ph.D. program in Computer and Information Sciences. Huenerfauth and his students conduct research on computer accessibility for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, assistive technology for people with disabilities, human computer interaction, and computational linguistics.

Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Secretary Treasurer. Heidi is a professor in the Computer and Information Sciences Department and the director of the School of Emerging Technologies at Towson University. She received a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from UMBC in 2005. She conducts research in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, universal accessibility, Health-informatics, and usable and accessible Security. She works closely with national and local communities to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through information technology.

Hugo Nicolau, Newsletter Editor. Hugo is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Instituto Superior T├ęcnico, University of Lisbon in Portugal. He's also a researcher at the Visualization and Intelligent Multimodal Interfaces (VIMMI) group at INESC-ID. His research interests include human-computer interaction and accessible computing, focusing on the design, development, and evaluation of novel mobile and ubiquitous computing applications.

Sushant Kafle, Information Director. Sushant is a Ph.D. student in Computing and Information Science at the Golisano College of Computing and Information Science, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) under the advisement of Prof. Matt Huenerfauth. His research aims to inform the evaluation and the design of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology for use in captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH).