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RIT researcher awarded Best Paper for a record fourth time at premier computing accessibility conference

RIT researchers at the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR), including professor Matt Huenerfauth, assistant professor Kristen Shinohara, and their students presented three research papers at the premier computing research conference in the field of computing accessibility for people with disabilities, the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS'18), in Galway Ireland, in October 2018.  Golisano College researchers presented 3 of the 25 full-length technical papers at the conference, which has a highly competitive 25% peer-review acceptance rate.  

 

From over 108 full-length scientific papers submitted to this conference, one of Huenerfauth's papers won the Best Paper Award, for the second year in a row:  This year's winning paper focussed on RIT Computing and Information Science PhD student Sedeeq Al-khazraji's dissertation research on sign language animation modeling, and the co-authors include RIT Computing and Information Science PhD students Larwan Berke and Sushant Kafle, as well as RIT Human-Computer Interaction masters student Peter Yeung.  The paper described artificial intelligence techniques used to model human movements, to generate understandable animations of sign language, which were evaluated in experimental studies with research participants who are Deaf. 

 

Huenerfauth is now a four-time recipient of the Best Paper Award at the ACM ASSETS conference, which is more than any other individual in the history of the conference.  He previously received the Best Paper Award in 2017, 2007, and 2005.  Photo of 2018 award presentation: https://assets18.sigaccess.org/awards.html

 

The accepted full-length papers by RIT researchers include: 

 

Sedeeq Al-khazraji, Larwan Berke, Sushant Kafle, Peter Yeung, and Matt Huenerfauth. 2018. Modeling the Speed and Timing of American Sign Language to Generate Realistic Animations. In Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 259-270. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3234695.3236356

 

Matthew Seita, Khaled Albusays, Sushant Kafle, Michael Stinson and Matt Huenerfauth. 2018. Behavioral Changes in Speakers who are Automatically Captioned in Meetings with Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Peers. In Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 68-80. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3234695.3236355

 

Kristen Shinohara, Jacob O. Wobbrock, and Wanda Pratt. 2018. Incorporating Social Factors in Accessible Design. In Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 149-160. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3234695.3236346

 

 

NTID PARTNER AWARD 2018

 

At an sponsored research awards ceremony at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) on September 20, 2018, Matt Huenerfauth was announced as the inaugural recipient of the NTID Partner Award, which honors a collaborator from one of RIT’s other colleges who has helped NTID realize its research goals. The award recognized Huenerfauth as "a key partner in projects investigating topics in mixed mode communication and communication technology."  At the ceremony, NTID Associate Dean for Research Bob Pollard announced that Huenerfauth had been independently nominated for this award by three different NTID researchers.

 

NTID news release: https://www.ntid.rit.edu/news/ritntid-honors-researchers-sponsored-programs-awards