Name: Shari Trewin
Institution: IBM Research, USA
Profile: Dr Shari Trewin is a researcher in human-computer interaction (HCI), specializing in accessibility. She has made research contributions to many areas of inclusive information and communication technology, including accessibility tools for developers, tools that enable users to customize the appearance and access mechanisms for Web pages, access to Virtual Worlds, abstract user interface models for accessibility, novel access features for input devices, and self-adaptive input devices. She holds seven patents for accessibility technology. Shari is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and Associate Editor of the journal ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing. She has previously served as SIGACCESS Secretary/Treasurer, general chair of ASSETS 2009: The 11th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, and program chair of ASSETS 2007. She has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Vice Chair
Role: Vice Chair
Name: Matt Huenerfauth
Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Profile: Matt Huenerfauth is an associate professor at The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the Golisano College of Computer and Information Sciences. He is a member of the faculty of the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies and the Ph.D. Program in Computing and Information Sciences. His research focuses on the design of computer technology to benefit people who are deaf or have low levels of written-language literacy, and his laboratory investigates the design and experimental evaluation of American Sign Language technologies. Huenerfauth has secured over $2.5 million in external research funding to support his work, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He has authored 45 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, and he has twice received the Best Paper Award at the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS). He served as the general chair for ASSETS 2012 and as the program chair for ASSETS 2016. Huenerfauth is an editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), and in 2014, he became a Senior Member of the ACM.

Role: Secretary/Treasurer
Name: Jinjuan Feng
Institution: Towson University, USA
Profile: Dr. Jinjuan Heidi Feng is an associate professor at the Computer and Information Sciences Department at Towson University. She received a Ph. D. in Information Sciences from UMBC in 2005. She conducts research in the area of universal accessibility, mobile health applications, and accessible security and privacy. She works closely with national and local communities to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through information technology. Her current research projects focus on assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities in educational and professional settings, mobile applications for health related activities, and accessible security techniques for individuals with visual or cognitive disabilities. Her work has been published in various top-notch journals and conferences such as Human-Computer Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, and ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing. She is serving on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing and has served on numerous conference program committees and review panels.

Newsletter Editor
Role: Newsletter Editor
Name: Hugo Nicolau
Institution: INESC-ID, Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Profile: Hugo Nicolau is an Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon) and a researcher at INESC-ID. His research interests include human-computer interaction, accessibility and mobile interfaces, focusing on the design, development, and evaluation of novel mobile interaction techniques for people with disabilities, either induced by context or health factors. He received his PhD in 2013 in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

Information Director
Role: Information Director
Name: Sushant Kafle
Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Profile: Sushant Kafle is a PhD Candidate in Computing and Information Science at the at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His research aims to inform the evaluation and the design of automatic speech recognition technology for use in captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Past Chair
Role: Past Chair
Name: Andrew Sears
Institution: The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Profile: Andrew Sears a Professor and Dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. His research has explored issues related to human-centered computing and accessibility with projects addressing various issues including mobile computing, health information technologies, speech recognition, and assessing an individual's cognitive status via normal daily interactions with information technologies. His research has been supported by various companies, government agencies, and foundations including IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, NSF, NIDRR, NIST, and the Verizon Foundation. He was a founding Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing and serves on the editorial boards of the the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, The ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction, the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, and Universal Access in the Information Society. He served as Conference and Technical Program Co-Chair of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2001) and both General Chair and Program Chair for the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2005 and ASSETS 2004).


Amy Hurst
Name: Amy Hurst
Profile: Amy Hurst is an accessibility researcher and an assistant professor in the Information Systems department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she founded the prototyping and design lab (the pad). She received her PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon. Her research interests are centered around empowerment, and most of her projects explore engaging people with disabilities in the DIY / Maker movement and building software that automatically adapts to user needs.

David Flatla
Name: David Flatla
Profile: David Flatla specializes in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, specifically the sub-domain of Accessibility. His research explores augmenting human perception to both overcome sensory impairments as well as to help people with typical abilities understand what it is like to have a sensory impairment.

Faustina Hwang
Name: Faustina Hwang
Profile: Faustina Hwang is Associate Professor of Interactive Systems at the University of Reading. Her accessibility research involves the design, development, and deployment of technology for older adults, people with learning disabilities, and patient groups. Current interests include malnutrition in the older population, computer-supported aphasia therapy, and multisensory approaches to museum engagement. She received her PhD from the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge where her research focused on cursor control by people with motor impairment.

Program Director

Name: Irene Frawley
Institution: The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)