CSE 590 W - Accessibility Research Seminar - Autumn 2017

Time and Place

  • Autumn 2017
  • Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:20
  • CSE 503



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 student will then lead a discussion about the paper. Students should sign up for 2 credits maximum. There may be occasional talks by external researchers.

The theme for this quarter is technology to support deaf and hard of hearing. This would include, but are not limited to, broad topics such as sign language translation, sign language avatars, sound identification and localization, real-time captioning, and applications of automatic speech recognition.


  • October 3, 2017 - Richard Ladner
    • Anna Cavender, Richard E. Ladner (2008) Hearing Impairments. In: Harper S., Yesilada Y. (eds) Web Accessibility. Human-Computer Interaction Series. Springer, London. Paper (UWNetID required)
  • October 10, 2017 - Danielle Bragg
    • McIntire, M., Newkirk, D., Hutchins, S., and Poizner, H. Hands and faces: A preliminary inventory for written asl. Sign Language Studies 56, 1 (1987), 197-241. Read only pages 197-204. Paper (UWNetID required)
    • Huenerfauth, Matt, and V. Hanson. "Sign language in the interface: access for deaf signers." Universal Access Handbook. NJ: Erlbaum 38 (2009). Read only pages 38-1 to 38-8. Paper (UWNetID required)
    • Symbol Font for ASL website
  • October 17, 2017 - Cindy Bennett
    • Laura Mauldin. Precarious Plasticity: Neuropolitics, Cochlear Implants, and the Redefinition of Deafness. Science, Technology, & Human Values Vol 39, Issue 1, pp. 130 - 153, December-13-2013. Paper (UWNetID required)
    • Sound and Fury (optional). 2000 movie on YouTube without captions and in UW Library with captions.
  • October 24, 2017 - Annie Ross
    • Michael Kipp, Quan Nguyen, Alexis Heloir, and Silke Matthes. 2011. Assessing the deaf user perspective on sign language avatars. In The proceedings of the 13th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility (ASSETS '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 107-114. Paper (UWNetID required)
  • October 31, 2017 - No seminar because of the ASSETS Conference
  • November 7, 2017 - Laura Souza Vonessen
    • Jan Gugenheimer, Katrin Plaumann, Florian Schaub, Patrizia Di Campli San Vito, Saskia Duck, Melanie Rabus, and Enrico Rukzio. 2017. The Impact of Assistive Technology on Communication Quality Between Deaf and Hearing Individuals. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 669-682. Paper (UWNetID required)
  • November 14, 2017 - Xiaoyi Zhang
    • Danielle Bragg, Nicholas Huynh, and Richard E. Ladner. 2016. A Personalizable Mobile Sound Detector App Design for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Users. In Proceedings of the 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3-13. Paper (UWNetID required)
  • November 21, 2017 - Dhruv Jain
    • Sushant Kafle and Matt Huenerfauth. 2017. Evaluating the Usability of Automatically Generated Captions for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. In Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 165-174. Paper (UWNetID required)
  • November 28, 2017 - Lauren Milne
    • Dhruv Jain, Leah Findlater, Jamie Gilkeson, Benjamin Holland, Ramani Duraiswami, Dmitry Zotkin, Christian Vogler, and Jon E. Froehlich. 2015. Head-Mounted Display Visualizations to Support Sound Awareness for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 241-250. Paper (UWNetID required)
  • December 5, 2017 - Yiran Zhao
    • Hanjie Wang, Xiujuan Chai, Xiaopeng Hong, Guoying Zhao, and Xilin Chen. 2016. Isolated Sign Language Recognition with Grassmann Covariance Matrices. ACM Trans. Access. Comput. 8, 4, Article 14 (May 2016), 21 pages. Paper (UWNetID required)