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.

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: 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.

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.


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)