Organizers

Cole Gleason is a Ph.D student at Carnegie Mellon University, where he develops and evaluates assistive technology for people with vision impairments. His research focuses on navigation tools for physical spaces, as well as the accessibility tools available on social media platforms.

Patrick Carrington is an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on augmenting interactive assistive technologies, like wheelchairs, to support the broad needs of people with disabilities. Recently he has been exploring the accessibility of media and imagery on the web.

Lydia B. Chilton is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. Her research is on computational design and how meaning is conveyed through images and humor, which are often shared online. She is broadening her research to include how this meaning can also be shared in accessible ways.

Benjamin Gorman is a Lecturer in Computer Science at Bournemouth University, and his research focuses on technology to help people with hearing loss. Recently he has been studying accessibility challenges faced by people with visual impairments interacting with emoji on social media, and personalizing the user experience of subtitles on streaming websites.

Hernisa Kacorri is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She leads the Intelligent Assistive Machines Lab, a research group working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and accessibility. She has studied how the disability community mobilizes through social media for advocacy, activism, and social change.

Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a Lead Research Scientist at Snap, Inc. where he manages the Human Computer Interaction team focusing building new technologies that enable people to connect and collaborate. He is new to the accessibility field but is excited by the idea of broadening access to social technologies.

Meredith Ringel Morris is a Sr. Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, where she manages the Ability research group, focusing on accessible technologies. She has studied accessibility challenges faced by blind users of Twitter, and challenges experienced by sign language speakers using social media.

Garreth Tigwell is an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Garreth researches situational impairments and how to support designers with tools to improve the accessibility of websites and apps. Garreth previously investigated the communication challenges presented by emoji, which are commonly used on social media, and he is now investigating their inaccessibility.

Shaomei Wu is a Research Scientist in Facbook AI, where she leads the AI for inclusion initiative to build AI-based technologies for people from marginalized and under-resourced communities. She previously worked at the Computational Social Science team at Facebook where she built temporal and structural models to study how information and behavior spread in the network.


%d bloggers like this: