My research goal is to ensure that the next generation of mobile and wearable technologies are designed to meet the needs of the broadest range of users. A major thread of my work focuses on designing new interfaces and interactions that are accessible to users with visual and motor impairments. More generally, I am interested in how to create technologies that adapt to accommodate individual user needs and preferences, whether to improve basic interactions such as touchscreen text entry or more complex tasks such as working with machine learning models. Although I often conduct qualitative and controlled lab studies, another objective of my work is to increase the scale at which we conduct accessibility research in HCI.
I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. Before joining HCDE, I was as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, and I spent two years as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the UW Information School. I received an NSF CAREER Award in 2014. My research is funded by NSF, the Department of Defense, Nokia and Google.
My research group, the Inclusive Design Lab, is an interdisciplinary team of students from Human Centered Design and Engineering, Information Studies, and Computer Science. Please visit the group website for more project information [still hosted at UMD; UW update coming soon].