Role: Chair
Name: Matt Huenerfauth
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
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.

Role: Secretary/Treasurer
Name: Karyn Moffatt
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
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.

Newsletter Editor
Role: Newsletter Editor
Name: Andre Rodrigues
Institution: LASIGE, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
Profile: André Rodrigues received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, in 2014. He is currently a PhD candidate at LASIGE, Universidade de Lisboa with the topic Facilitating Smartphone Use for Blind People through a Human-Powered Approach. His PhD research has been focused on mobile accessibility working closely with visually impaired people.

Role: pastchair_sigaccess
Name: Shari Trewin
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.

Program Director

Name: Lucia Sippel
Institution: The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)