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CHI 2013 talk posted!

The CHI 2013 conference was two weeks ago, and I presented a paper on work I did with a University of Maryland colleague, Leah Findlater, called “Analyzing User-Generated YouTube Videos to Understand Touchscreen Use by People with Motor Impairments.” We looked at YouTube as a source of data on users with physical disabilities telling their own stories about how they use touchscreen devices like tablets and smartphones in their daily lives. We also received a ‘Best Paper Award’ for this work! If you’re interested, you can find my presentation slides here.

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Come see our CHI 2013 Best Paper Award talk!

If you are in Paris at CHI 2013 this week, come see me present our ‘Best Paper Award’ winner “Analyzing User-Generated YouTube Videos to Understand Touchscreen Use by People with Motor Impairments” ! The talk will be on Tuesday, April 30th, from 11:20am to 11:40am in the Impairment and Rehabilitation session in room 242AB. Watch our video preview (narrated by my talented co-author Leah Findlater!) for a sneak peek:

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CHI 2013 paper accepted on touchscreen use by people with physical impairments!

I’m pleased to announce that I have recently had a paper accepted to the upcoming CHI 2013 conference in Paris in May! This paper, entitled “Analyzing User-Generated YouTube Videos to Understand Touchscreen Use by People with Motor Impairments,” was written in collaboration with Leah Findlater, a professor of HCI at the University of Maryland (UMD), and Yoojin Kim, a Master’s student at UMD. We examined YouTube videos depicting people with physical impairments, including children, using touchscreen devices in order to understand the limitations and challenges these users are encountering.

Here’s the abstract:

Most work on the usability of touchscreen interaction for people with motor impairments has focused on lab studies with relatively few participants and small cross-sections of the population. To develop a richer characterization of use, we turned to a previously untapped source of data: YouTube videos. We collected and analyzed 187 non-commercial videos uploaded to YouTube that depicted a person with a physical disability interacting with a mainstream mobile touchscreen device. We coded the videos along a range of dimensions to characterize the interaction, the challenges encountered, and the adaptations being adopted in daily use. To complement the video data, we also invited the video uploaders to complete a survey on their ongoing use of touchscreen technology. Our findings show that, while many people with motor impairments find these devices empowering, accessibility issues still exist. In addition to providing implications for more accessible touchscreen design, we reflect on the application of user-generated content to study user interface design.

Here is the camera-ready version of this paper. See you in Paris!

***Note: we have learned that this paper will receive a CHI ‘Best Paper Award’! This award is an honor only the top 1% of submissions receive, and we are very honored our work was selected to be among such great company.

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Come to our iConference event on accessibility in the iSchools!

Only two days until my colleagues and I host the event we’ve been planning for the iConference 2012, a fishbowl discussion entitled “Accessibility in the iSchools: Not Just for People with Disabilities?” The final list of topics has been posted here, so check them out and join us on Wednesday if you will be at the iConference or are in the Toronto area!

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Seeking discussion topic feedback for iConference 2012 accessibility event.

My fellow organizers and I want to hear what you would like to discuss at the iConference 2012 fishbowl on accessibility research in the iSchools:

We have been getting ready for our iConference 2012 event “Accessibility in the iSchools: Not Just for People with Disabilities?” and we are excited to announce the list of possible topics we would like to discuss at the fishbowl! Do you have feedback on these topics or perhaps other topics you would like to see us address? Leave them in the comments! Before the event, we will post the final list of topics we’ve selected based on the feedback we receive on this post.

Head over to the discussion and let us know your thoughts!

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iConference 2012 Accessibility event accepted!

Colleagues Amy Hurst, Shaun Kane and I have recently learned that our proposed “alternative event” on accessibility was accepted to the iConference 2012, to be held in Toronto in February! We are running it as a “fishbowl” discussion, which is a way to hold a discussion with a big group of people and allow the whole group to participate. It will be my first time experiencing a fishbowl, so I am very enthusiastic about that. The event is titled “Accessibility in the iSchools: Not Just for People with Disabilities?” and will focus on discussion of how research issues in accessibility are relevant to other research areas within the iSchool purview, and will hopefully forge new connections and collaborations among iSchool researchers interested in accessibility or access-related issues.

The event website will be located here (content coming soon!). If you are going to be at the iConference or in the Toronto area, consider attending this exciting event!

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