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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, supervised by Dr. Danna Gurari.

I conduct research aimed at elucidating and reducing the social and technical factors that exclude people with disabilities from accessing information and developing critical media and information literacies.

Accordingly, my research is focused on the design of vision to touch, touch to language, and vision to language information technologies that make information accessible non-visually. I also study multi-modal information literacy and maker education for all, and am committed to cultivating collaborations with and between community members/practitioners, and scholars. 

Recent News/Highlights:

October, 2019. Invited participant and presenter at Microsoft AI4Good Summit, Accessibility and AI track. Presentation: Next Generation Image Caption Systems

October, 2019. Presentation of “Problems of Practice Impacting Inclusive Tactile Media Consumption and Production” at ASSETS 2019, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

June, 2019. Acceptance of paper “Problems of Practice Impacting Inclusive Tactile Media Consumption and Production.” to appear in Proceedings of ASSETS 2019, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

June, 2019. Began Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, supervised by Dr. Danna Gurari, Working in collaboration with the Microsoft Ability Initiative. 

June, 2019. Acceptance of “VizWiz-Priv: A Dataset for Recognizing the Presence and Purpose of Private Visual Information in Images Taken by Blind People” In Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (pp. 939-948).

May, 2019. Graduated with a Ph.D. in Technology Media and Society from the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder.

June, 2018. Acceptance of “BrowseWithMe: An Online Clothes Shopping Assistant for People with Visual Impairments” for presentation at ASSETS 2018.

Feb. 2018. Acceptance of 2018 Computer Vision Pattern Recognition Poster “VizWiz Grand Challenge: Answering Visual Questions from Blind People”. Our work on creating the VizWiz dataset was covered in MIT Technology Review.

May, 2017/2018. Recipient of the 2018 University of Colorado STEM Chancellors Award.

2016. Co-Author and Recipient of a 3 year  NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers Grant.

2014. Keynote Speaker: Conference on Library Services for the Blind in Multiethnic Regions. Bashkir Regional Library for the Blind, Ufa, Russia.