Information Director

Information Director

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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.

SIGACCESS Outstanding Contribution

The SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the development of computing technologies that improve the accessibility of media and services to people with disabilities. Outstanding contributions through research, practice, or advocacy are recognized. Towards this goal, contributions are considered from academia, industry, as well as other professions that focus on computer users with disabilities and the application of computing technology to improve …

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Call for Papers: ASSETS 2022

The ASSETS conference is the premier forum for presenting research on the design, evaluation, use, and education related to computing for people with disabilities and older adults. We invite high-quality original submissions on topics relevant to computing and accessibility. Acknowledging the impact the pandemic has had on all of us and the transformation in how people access and expect to access information at conferences and beyond, ASSETS’22 will be the first-ever “hybrid” conference in its 24 years. …

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January 2022 Newsletter

Issue 132 Preview: Welcome to the January 2022 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2021 Virtual Conference and celebrates SIGACCESS 50 Year anniversary with an article about the SIG history.

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2021 Best Paper

How Online Tests Contribute to the Support System for People With Cognitive and Mental Disabilities Author(s) Qisheng Li, Josephine Lee, Christina Zhang, Katharina Reinecke Institutions: University of Washington Abstract: Roughly 1 in 3 people around the world are affected by cognitive or mental disabilities at some point in their lives, yet people often face a variety of barriers when seeking support and receiving diagnosis from healthcare professionals. While prior work found that people with such disabilities assess themselves …

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2021 Best Student Paper

Aided Nonverbal Communication through Physical Expressive Objects Author(s) Stephanie Valencia, Mark Steidl, Michael Rivera, Cynthia Bennett, Jeffrey Bigham, Henny Admoni Intitutions: Carnegie Mellon University, Disability Rights Pennsylvania Abstract: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices enable speech-based communication, but generating speech is not the only resource needed to have a successful conversation. Being able to signal one wishes to take a turn by raising a hand or providing some other cue is critical in securing a turn to speak. Experienced conversation …

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2020 Best Student Paper

Living Disability Theory: Reflections on Access, Research, and Design Author(s): Megan Hofmann, Devva Kasnitz, Jennifer Mankoff, Cynthia L Bennett Institution: Carnegie Mellon University, City University of New York, University of Washington Abstract: Accessibility research and disability studies are intertwined fields focused on, respectively, building a world more inclusive of people with disability and understanding and elevating the lived experiences of disabled people. Accessibility research tends to focus on creating technology related to impairment, while disability studies focuses on …

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2020 Best Paper

Input Accessibility: A Large Dataset and Summary Analysis of Age, Motor Ability and Input Performance Authors(s): Leah Findlater, Lotus Zhang Institution: University of Washington Abstract: Age and motor ability are well-known to impact input performance. Past work examining these factors, however, has tended to focus on samples of 20-40 participants and has binned participants into a small set of age groups (e.g., “younger” vs. “older”). To foster a more nuanced understanding of how age and motor …

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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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October 2021 Newsletter

Issue 131 Preview: Welcome to the October 2021 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. In the first article Keke Wu provides an actionable summary of the 2021 CHI best paper, discussing the challenges towards cognitive accessible visualizations. For the second article, Ringland and Wolf reflect on their ASSETS 2016 best paper (which is now 5 years old!) and discuss what has happened since and what to look towards for the future. Towards a Universal Cognitive …

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June 2021 Newsletter

Issue 130 Preview: Welcome to the June 2021 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the best virtual ASSETS yet, with an article dedicated to last year UX panel about “Lockdown Experiences”. The third article presents the SONAAR project which recently won the Delegates award for best demo at W4A. Be sure to check out the last article presenting the University of Washington Center for Research and Education in Accessible Technologies and Experiences …

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