CSE 590 W - Accessibility Research Seminar - Spring 2013

Time and Place

  • Spring quarter 2013
  • CSE 303
  • Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:20



Each week one or two papers will be assigned for reading. A student in the seminar will take the lead in first summarizing the papers and giving an initial critique. The lead student will then lead a discussion about the paper. Students should sign up for 2 credits maximum. There will be occasional talks by researchers.


  • April 3, 2013 - led by Richard Ladner
    • Organizational meeting.
  • April 10, 2013 - Sign Language Synthesis led by Camille Cobb
    • Matt Huenerfauth and Pengfei Lu. 2010. Modeling and synthesizing spatially inflected verbs for American sign language animations. In Proceedings of the 12th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility (ASSETS '10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 99-106. Paper (UWNID required)
  • April 17, 2013 - Web Accessibility Issues led by Dharma Dailey
    • Christopher Power, Andre Freire, Helen Petrie, and David Swallow. 2012. Guidelines are only half of the story: accessibility problems encountered by blind users on the web. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 433-442. Paper (UWNID required)
  • April 24, 2013 - Situational Impairments led by Alex Jansen
    • Sears, A., Lin, M., Jacko, J. and Xiao, Y. (2003). When Computers Fade: Pervasive Computing and Situationally-Induced Impairments and Disabilities. Proceedings of HCII 2003, pp. 1298-1302. Paper
    • Mayank Goel, Leah Findlater, and Jacob Wobbrock. 2012. WalkType: using accelerometer data to accomodate situational impairments in mobile touch screen text entry. In Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2687-2696. Paper (UWNID required)
  • May 1, 2013 - No Seminar because of CHI
  • May 8, 2013 - Access in the Developing World led by Trevor Perrier
    • Joyojeet Pal, Ugo Vallauri, and Victor Tsaran. 2011. Low-cost assistive technology in the developing world: a research agenda for information schools. In Proceedings of the 2011 iConference (iConference '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 459-465. Paper (UWNID required)
  • May 15, 2013 - Assistive Robotics led by John Porter
    • Feil-Seifer, D.; Mataric, M.J. 2005. Defining socially assistive robotics. In Proc. ICORR 2005. 465-468. Paper (UWNID required)
    • Ulrich, I. & Borenstein, J. 2001. The GuideCane--Applying Mobile Robot Technologies to Assist the Visually Impaired. ITSMC, 31(2). 131-136. Paper (UWNID required)
  • May 22, 2013 - The Use Social Networks to Solve Accessibility Problems led by Jessica Tran
    • Erin L. Brady, Yu Zhong, Meredith Ringel Morris, and Jeffrey P. Bigham. 2013. Investigating the appropriateness of social network question asking as a resource for blind users. In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1225-1236. Paper (UWNID required)
  • May 29, 2013 - Speech Science for Accessibility led by Andy Yun
    • Muhammad Asiful Islam, Faisal Ahmed, Yevgen Borodin, and I.V. Ramakrishnan. 2012. Thematic organization of web content for distraction-free text-to-speech narration. In Proceedings of the 14th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility (ASSETS '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 17-24. Paper (UWNID required)
  • June 5, 2013 - Health and Medicine Accessibility led by Kyle Rector
    • Harjumaa, M. ; Isomursu, M. ; Muuraiskangas, S. ; Konttila, A. HearMe: A touch-to-speech UI for medicine identification. 5th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2011). 85 -92. Paper (UWNID required)