Selected Research Projects

Empowering Disabled Graduate Students

In this NSF-funded project we investigate the barriers that graduate students with disabilities encounter in meeting their program requirements. This work focuses on graduate students in STEM fields pursuing their doctoral degrees.

People

Dr. Kristen Shinohara (PI)
Dr. Mick McQuaid
Dr. Tom Oh
Murtaza Tamjeed (PhD Student)
Madison Russell (BS HCC Student)

Project Alumni

Nayeri Jacobo (MS HCI)
Sunny Manduva (MS HCI)
Vinita Tibdewal (MS HCI Student)

Funding Support

Kristen Shinohara (PI). "Ethical Approaches to Empower Disabled Graduate Students in STEM," August 2019-present, National Science Foundation.

Kristen Shinohara (PI). "Academic Success for Blind Graduate Students in Computing and Information Sciences," RIT Sponsored Research Services Grant Writer’s Boot Camp Award.

Papers

Kristen Shinohara, Michael McQuaid, and Nayeri Jacobo. 2021. The Burden of Survival: How Doctoral Students in Computing Bridge the Chasm of Inaccessibility.In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21), May 8–13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 20 pages. To Appear. Pre-print available.

Kristen Shinohara, Michael McQuaid, and Nayeri Jacobo. 2020. Access Differential and Inequitable Access: Inaccessibility for Doctoral Students in Computing. In The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 7, 1–12.

Accessible Design

Work in these projects focus on the accessibility of different aspects of the design thinking process (including approaches such as user-centered design), toward learning what can be done to improve accessibility of design tools and techniques.

People

Dr. Kristen Shinohara
Dymen Barkins (MS HCI Student)

Project Alumni

Wenhao Leubs (MS HCI)
Junchen Li (MS HCI)

Papers

Junchen Li, Garreth W. Tigwell, Kristen Shinohara. 2021. Accessibility of High-Fidelity Prototyping Tools.In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21), May 8–13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 22 pages. To Appear. Pre-print available.

Including Accessibility in Computing Education

We investigate how to infuse accessibility into computing courses, focusing on two key considerations: increasing student awareness and learning of accessibility topics and skills, and ensuring teaching materials and content are readily usable by instructors.

People

Dr. Kristen Shinohara
Dr. Yasmine El-Glaly (Western Washington University)
Dr. Catherine Baker (Creighton University)

Project Alumni

Lin Jia (MS HCI)
Brian Kelly (MS SE)
Rohan Patel (MS HCI)
Pedro Breton(BS SE)

Papers

Lin Jia, Yasmine N. El-Glaly, Catherine M. Baker, Kristen Shinohara. 2021. Infusing Accessibility into Programming Courses. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI '21 Extended Abstracts), May 8-13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6 pages.

Rohan Patel, Pedro Breton, Catherine M. Baker, Yasmine N. El-Glaly, and Kristen Shinohara. 2020. Why Software is Not Accessible: Technology Professionals’ Perspectives and Challenges. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI '21 Extended Abstracts). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–9.

Catherine Baker, Yasmine El-Glaly, Kristen Shinohara. A Systematic Analysis of Accessibility in Computing Education Research. In Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 107–113.