Leadership

Chair
Role: Chair
Name: Matt Huenerfauth
Email: chair_sigaccess@acm.org
Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Profile: Matt Huenerfauth is a Professor and the Director of the iSchool (School of Information) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He studies the design of technology to benefit people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing or who have low written-language literacy, and his team of research students operates bilingually in English and American Sign Language (ASL). He has secured $5.1 million in external research funding since 2007, including a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, including at top venues in human-computer interaction and computing accessibility. He is a five-time recipient of the Best Paper Award at the top computing research conference in the field of computing accessibility, the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS), which is more than any other individual in the conference history. In 2021, he was elected Chair of the ACM SIGACCESS special interest group on accessible computing for a three-year term, and in 2019, he completed a maximum six-year term as editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) journal. In 2018, RIT awarded him the Trustees Scholarship Award, the university’s highest honor for faculty research.

Vice Chair
Role: Vice Chair
Name: Kathleen McCoy
Email: mccoy@udel.edu
Institution: University of Delaware, USA
Profile: Kathleen McCoy is a professor in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. Her research focuses broadly on accessibility for people with disabilities with projects in several different areas. She has a special emphasis on applications of Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing to accessibility issues.

Secretary/Treasurer
Role: Secretary/Treasurer
Name: Karyn Moffatt
Email: treasurer_sigaccess@acm.org
Institution: McGill University, Canada
Profile: Karyn Moffatt is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at McGill University and the Canada Research Chair in Inclusive Social Computing. She leads the Accessible Computing Technologies Research Group where she studies how computing applications can be designed to be more inclusive of diverse needs and preferences across the lifespan, especially with respect to supporting social engagement and interaction. Her work has been recognized with Best Paper awards from ASSETS, CHI, and CSCW. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for ACM’s Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), and recently served as Program Co-Chair for ASSETS 2020 and Sub-Committee Co-Chair—Accessibility and Aging for ACM CHI 2020.

Information Director
Role: Information Director
Name: Sushant Kafle
Email: matt.huenerfauth@rit.edu
Institution: Google
Profile: Sushant is currently a Software Engineer at Google, working in the field of natural language understanding and information retrieval. He completed his PhD at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he specialized in accessibility for people with disabilities, human-computer interaction and computational linguistics. He is interested in building machine learning (ML) systems that model human communication with a goal to enhance human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction.

Jared Duval
Role: Newsletter Editor
Name: Jared Duval
Email: editors_sigaccess@acm.org
Institution: Northern Arizona University.
Profile: Jared Duval is an Assistant professor in Northern Arizona University’s Department of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, where he directs the Playful Health Technology Lab. He has a Research through Design practice at the intersection of Human Computer Interaction, Games/Play, and Health. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and is the creator of 3 Serious Games for Health.


pastchair_sigaccess
Role: pastchair_sigaccess
Name: Shari Trewin
Email: pastchair_sigaccess@acm.org
Institution: Google, USA
Profile: Dr Shari Trewin was SIGACCESS Chair from 2015 to 2021, and served as Secretary-Treasurer from 2009-2015. She was general chair of ASSETS 2009 and Program Chair of ASSETS 2007. She currently leads a team at Google Accessibility, building assistive technologies for cognitive access. Previously she was Program Director of IBM Accessibility. She has made research contributions to many areas of inclusive information and communication technology, including accessibility tools for developers, tools for web personalization, access to virtual worlds, abstract user interface models for accessibility, novel access features for input devices, and self-adaptive input devices. She holds 21 patents for accessibility technology. Shari is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, past Associate Editor of the journal ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, and a current member of the editorial board. She has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Members at Large

Jen Mankoff
Name: Jennifer Mankoff

Email: jmankoff@cs.washington.edu

Institution: University of Washington

Profile: Jennifer Mankoff is the Director of the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences, and the Richard E. Ladner Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research is focused on accessibility through giving people the voice, tools and agency to advocate for themselves.  She strives to bring both structural and personal perspectives to her work. For example, her recent work in fabrication of accessible technologies considers not only innovative tools that can enable individual makers but also the larger clinical and sociological challenges to disseminating and sharing designs. Jennifer received her PhD at Georgia Tech, advised by Gregory Abowd and Scott Hudson, and her B.A. from Oberlin College. Her previous faculty positions include UC Berkeley’s EECS department and Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute. Jennifer is a CHI Academy member and has been recognized with a SIGCHI Social Impact Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and IBM Faculty Fellowship, and an ASSETS 10 year impact award.

Program Director

Name: Lucia Sippel
Email: sippel@hq.acm.org
Institution: The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Information Director

Sushant is currently a Software Engineer at Google, working in the field of natural language understanding and information retrieval. He completed his PhD at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he specialized in accessibility for people with disabilities, human-computer interaction and computational linguistics. He is interested in building machine learning (ML) systems that model human communication with a goal to enhance human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction.