Research & Scholarly Achievement
at Gallaudet University
REU Accessible Information and Communications Technologies
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site on Accessible Information and Communication Technology (AICT) provides undergraduate participants with research experiences on projects that enhance accessibility of information and communication technologies, such as mobile phones or streaming videos for consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind (DHHDB). The participants will collaborate with DHHDB peers and mentors on a research project for 10 weeks. The diverse teams provide students with the experience and knowledge to recognize the range and complexity of accessibility challenges in accessing information and communication technology and to evaluate the efficacy of proposed solutions in a unique research environment. DHHDB students are extremely underrepresented in academics at the graduate level especially in STEM. The AICT REU site creates a critically needed pipeline of these students for graduate school and encourages them to participate in undergraduate and graduate programs in accessible information and communications technology. Each research project addresses unsolved accessibility challenges for deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind consumers in using existing information and communication technology that undergraduate researchers can easily understand, analyze and solve. The inclusion of undergraduate and faculty researchers who have aural disabilities increases accessibility and usability of information and communication technologies. The interactive and personal nature of the research projects provides a link between research and practice, and a diverse, inclusive and collaborative research experience for the participants. They will learn to create and disseminate their research outcomes through seminar training and participation in college and institutional conferences. The AICT REU Site website (http://accessiblemultimedia.com) provides additional information.
Bragg, D. K., Kushalnagar, R.S. and Ladner R. E. (2018). Designing an Animated Character System for American Sign Language. Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility – ASSETS ’18. 22 October, Galway, Ireland. ACM Press.
Jain, D., Franz, R., Findlater, L., Cannon, J., Kushalnagar, R.S. and Froehlich, J.E. (2018). Towards Accessible Conversations in a Mobile Context for People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility – ASSETS ’18. 22 October, Galway, Ireland. ACM Press.
Jain, Dhruv and Chinh, Bonnie and Findlater, Leah and Kushalnagar, Raja and Froehlich, Jon. Exploring Augmented Reality Approaches to Real-Time Captioning: A Preliminary Autoethnographic Study, Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, 2018. doi:10.1145/3197391.3205404
Kushalnagar, R. and Kushalnagar, K. (2018). SubtitleFormatter: Making Subtitles Easier to Read for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Viewers on Personal Devices. Proceedings of the Computers Helping People with Special Needs – ICCHP 2018. 14 July, Vienna, Austria. Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94277-3_35
Kushalnagar, R.S. and Behm, G.W. (2018). A Transition Community for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Engineering Programs. Proceedings of the 125th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. 24 June, Salt Lake City, UT. ASEE Conferences. https://peer.asee.org/29742
Kushalnagar, R.S., Behm, G. W., Wolfe, K.W., Yeung, P., Dingman, B., Ali, S., Glasser, A., and Ryan, C. (2018). RTTD-ID: Tracked Captions with Multiple Speakers for Deaf Students. Proceedings of the 125th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. 24 June, Salt Lake City, UT. ASEE Conferences. https://peer.asee.org/30945