Ebrima Jarjue's photo in the Intelligent Assistive Machine (IAM) lab

Ebrima H. Jarjue

iSchool Graduate Student

About Me

I am a non-traditional student in many respects and I am blind. I said goodbye about twelve years ago to my beautiful daughters as I left home for a simple Lasik corrective eye procedure, not knowing that I would never take them in visually again. My first daughter was almost two years old, and the twins were just over four months then. I suffered a life-altering setback. Routine Lasik surgery left me blind in both eyes.
For two years, I stayed at home, depressed, and received social security disability until a friend advised me to consult the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). And thus began my rehabilitation and resocialization.
Losing my sight was a life changer and involved more than finding a place to live. It meant stepping into a new social context with its own statuses and roles; this required me to be re-socialized to meet the needs of the situation. During these trials and tribulations, I learned new statuses and roles. I channeled my energy into making the most effective use of an opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge. In addition, I devoted much time to family, self-improvement, and personal growth.
Although my immediate goal is to earn a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM), my long-term goal is to receive a Doctorate (PhD) in Human-Computer Interactions. I value education not only in the practical sense (degrees and employment), but also for how it will shape me as a person and allow me to contribute to humankind in general. And thus, in today’s world, college/university is not a luxury that only the few can afford to enjoy; it is an economic, civic, and personal necessity for all. According to Cardinal Newman and ‘The Idea of a University’ (1852), knowledge and skills learned in college lasts through life, of which the attributes are freedom, equity, calmness, moderation, and wisdom.

Biography

Ebrima H. Jarjue College of Information Studies (iSchool) University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 https://www.umd.edu/
Grade level: GPA: 3.66
Major: Human-Computer Interaction
Graduation Date: Expected 2021
The area of research: Accessibility
Webpage: https://terpconnect.umd.edu/~ebjarjue/

Email: ebjarjue@terpmail.umd.edu; ebrimahjarjue@gmail.com

About Mentors

Mentor: Dr. Hernisa Kacorri, Assistant Professor
College of Information Studies (iSchool) University of Maryland, College Park
The area of research: Accessibility
Webpage: http://hernisakacorri.com | hernisa@umd.edu
Kyungjun Lee, Ph.D. student and Research Mentor
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Department: Computer Science
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Area of research: HCI and AI
Website: http://www.cs.umd.edu/~kjlee/

Featured Project

Data collection for people with visual impairments

Link to the weekly journal

Link to the final report

Progress

Data collection for people with visual impairments

Work Experience

September 2019 – Present

Website Accessibility and Usability Tester

IT Call & Knowledge Management Center

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, Maryland

  • Provide accessibility evaluations and test software designed for assistive technology applications available through UMD’s Division of Information Technology. As a Documents/Website Accessibility/Usability Tester, I apply industry-standard techniques for accessibility and usability evaluations, including:
    - Test software designed for assistive technology applications against World Wide Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) and Section 508 compliance
    - Ensuring that users of all abilities can use the product
    - Provide list of recommendations on how to optimize the usability for people with disabilities; recommendations may include coding samples as appropriate
    - Prioritization of recommendations to identify the most critical aspects to repair
    - Analyzing and prioritizing the findings, making recommendations
    - To be cost effective, I recommend first conducting an accessibility evaluation and correcting accessibility issues before testing usability. After corrections are implemented, I recommend testing them with individuals who have disabilities to identify specific ease-of-use challenges
    - Provide recommendations to resolve accessibility/usability issues.
April 2019 – Present

TRACE Center Morphic.World Accessibility Evaluator

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, Maryland

  • As a Morphic.World web accessibility and usability tester, I apply industry-standard techniques for accessibility and usability standards:
    - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and Section 508 compliance
    - Ensuring that all users of all abilities can use the product
    - Provide list of recommendations on how to optimize the usability for people with disabilities
    - After corrections are implemented, I recommend testing them with individuals who have disabilities to identify specific ease-of-use challenges
    - Provide recommendations to resolve accessibility/usability issuesc
June 2018 – August 2018

Intelligent Assistive Machine Lab Research Intern and Application Tester

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, Maryland

  • Project: Data collection for Personal Object Recognition
  • The purpose of the project is to assist the blind and visually-impaired individuals in their homes. There have been multiple studies that show that there are many benefits of the blind and visually-impaired living in their own homes rather than assisted living facilities. The purpose of the personal object recognizer is to help blind and visually-impaired people identify objects around them mostly at home. The objects includes and are not limited to kitchen items such as packages of food, bedroom items of clothing to items in the bathroom. We explore personal object recognizers, where I, as a blind participant train a mobile application with a few snapshots of objects of interest and provide custom labels. The object recognizer app can assist with daily functions such as object recognition and more. It is completely voice controlled, which enables individuals to now bridge the gap between technology and the blind and visually-impaired community.
    - Performed ongoing research and applications testing under the guidance of Dr. Hernisa Kacorri
    - Engineered stimuli and related variables for everyday objects photographed by blind people
    - Trained mobile application to distinguish objects of interest under different conditions
    - Contributed to first dataset used to train and test computer vision models incorporated in wearable or mobile devices that function as teachable object recognition applications for blind users
    - Assistive technologies from this project will assist blind people in identifying household objects such as kitchen items, packages of food, clothing, bedroom and bathroom articles
2007 - 2009

Computer/Product Specialist

Staples, Inc.

United States, Washington D.C

  • Performed a daily demo-ready checklist to ensure that all desktop computers, laptops, printers, LCD/CDT monitors, GPS navigators, etc. were priced, plugged-in, and operational
  • Organized and maintained product inventory of approximately 500 items
  • Displayed merchandise in an attractive and eye-catching manner, ensuring correct prices were visible
  • Coached associates and cashiers in techniques to increase sales.
  • Trained sales associates and cashiers on how to sell products and associated peripherals, managing their cash limits and guaranteeing quality customer service at all times.
  • Effectively communicated on a broad range of topics from business terminology to complex technical solutions to a diverse audience
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose computers’ network systems and correct issues
1996 - 2007

Supervisor/Manager

Four Corners BP

United States, Silver Spring, MD

  • Supervised and trained 5+ new employees in sales, inventory, other create sift reports for transactions
  • Designed physical sales display for services and products at the front of the store
  • Tabulated inventory, balanced daily shift reports and processed bank deposits
  • Coordinated service calls for technical support
  • Trained 7+ cashiers, managing their cash limits and guaranteeing quality customer service at all times
1997 - 2005

Supervisor/Manager

Four Corners Woodmoor BP

United States, Silver Spring, MD

  • Handled all cash and credit transactions for the store
  • Balanced cash drawer at the end of the shift
  • Performed retail stocking and back-up inventory ordering
  • Trained 5+ cashiers in managing cash limits and guaranteeing quality customer service at all times

Technical Skills

Software: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Programming Languages: Familiar with C++, Java, and Python
Operating Systems: Macintosh and Windows
Professional Abilities

Communication
Critical Thinking
Decision Making
Documentation
Risk Assessment
Teamwork & Collaboration
Training & Instruction
Time management

Projects

December 2019

Project Testudo: Making Testudo Accessible for Visually Impaired and Blind

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, Maryland

  • - Worked towards improving the web accessibility of blind and low-vision students who rely on the use of screen readers for navigation
    - Made arrangements to meet with blind and visually impaired participants at a convenient date, time, and location
    - Surveyed responses to improve user experience
    - Facilitated sessions where participants will complete short computer-based tasks, where they use their personal computer and screen reader of their choice to evaluate the "Schedule of Classes" catalog of Testudo and see how it is accessible or not
    - Conducted accessibility testing using AWS software
    - Collaborated on deliverable, which was accessibility and usability testing, and shared that amongst colleagues
May 2019

DCIC Website Redesign

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, Maryland

  • General purpose of the DCIC website is to showcase the different research projects students have worked on
    - Analyzed the accessibility and usability issues that exist as well as improving the engagement of the site
    - Improved the engagement on the website and enable people with diverse abilities to effectively use the interface without any problems
    - Met with client to gather requirements and asked questions
    - Split the project up into 3 feasible sections: accessibility, usability, and engagement - Conducted accessibility testing using AWS software
    - Made project deliverable for the client, which was a website analysis along with the WordPress website with changes made from our findings
December 2018

DCIC Website Redesign

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, Maryland

  • General purpose of Canvas is to allow student to access courses and improve communication with their peers and professors
    - Brainstormed issues on current Canvas/ ELMS platform, specifically accessibility and usability as well as other communication issues
    - Created a WAAD and Workflow chart to gather requirements and understand the process of using Canvas
    - Made personas of sample users who would be using Canvas, but noticing their issues - Conducted accessibility testing using AWS software
    - Created both paper and digital prototypes that would address the issues that were brainstormed
    - Presented to class on finding and prototypes

Education

2019 - 2021

MSc Human-Computer Interaction

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, College Park, MD
GPA: 3.66

2016 - 2019

BSc Information Science

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, College Park, MD
GPA: 3.52

2016

Certified Web-Accessibility Specialist

Certified Document Accessibility Specialist

Deque University

United States, Online

2011 - 2015

Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Cyber Security

Montgomery Community College

United States, Germantown, MD
GPA: 3.27

1998 - 2000

Program: IT/Computer Sciences

University of Maryland University College - University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)

United States, Adelphi, MD
GPA: 3.636
Relevant coursework across all institutions includes:
Database Design
Information Architecture
Web and Mobile Development
Data Management and Analytics
Data Science Techniques

Certificates

Linked-In

Hands On Mobile Prototyping For Ux Designers, January 27, 2020
Ux Design 5 Creating Scenarios And Storyboards 2, January 27, 2020
How To Be A Positive Leader Blinkist, January 27, 2020
HTML Essential Training, January 24, 2020
Learning Cloud Computing Networking 2, January 15, 2020
Ux Foundations Prototyping 2, January 15, 2020
UX Design: 1 Overview, Jan 2020
Programming Foundations: Algorithms, January 2020
Prioritizing Your Tasks, January 2020
Making Quick Decisions, January 2020
Learning Python, January 2020
Grammar Foundations, January 2020
Financial Basics Everyone Should Know, January 2020
Working with Difficult People, February 2020
Understanding the Architectural Design Process, February 2020
Persuasive UX: Harnessing Illogical Reactions, February 2020
Overcoming Overwhelm, February 2020
Efficient Time Management, February 2020
Design Thinking: Understanding the Process, February 2020
Cert Prep: Project Management Professional (PMP)®, February 2020
CSS Essential Training, February 2020
Writing with Flair: How to Become an Exceptional Writer, March 2020

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), September 2018

Research Ethics and Compliance Training

Deque University (Online Institution), July 2016

Web Accessibility Specialist
Document Accessibility Specialist

IT Certifications, 2000

Microsoft Certified System Engineer+Internet (MCSE+I)
Microsoft Certified Professional+Internet (MCP+I)
CompTIA certified Computer technician (A+)

Publications

Kyungjun, L., Hong, J.,Jarjue,E., Pimento, S., Kacorri, H. (2019) Revisiting Blind Photography in the Context of Teachable Object Recognizers. Proceedings of the 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, New York, NY. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335446556_Revisiting_Blind_Photography_in_the_Context_of_Teachable_Object_Recognizers

Abstract:
For people with visual impairments, photography is essential in identifying objects through remote sighted help and image recognition apps. This is especially the case for teachable object recognizers, where recognition models are trained on user's photos. Here, we propose real-time feedback for communicating the location of an object of interest in the camera frame. Our audio-haptic feedback is powered by a deep learning model that estimates the object center location based on its proximity to the user's hand. To evaluate our approach, we conducted a user study in the lab, where participants with visual impairments (N = 9) used our feedback to train and test their object recognizer in vanilla and cluttered environments. We found that very few photos did not include the object (2% in the vanilla and 8% in the cluttered) and the recognition performance was promising even for participants with no prior camera experience. Participants tended to trust the feedback even though they know it can be wrong. Our cluster analysis indicates that better feedback is associated with photos that include the entire object. Our results provide insights into factors that can degrade feedback and recognition performance in teachable interfaces.

Honors & Awards

ASSETS Travel Scholarship, Fall 2019
Adele H. Stamp Chapter of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, Spring 2019
Delta Alpha Pi - Gamma Rho Chapter, Spring 2019
CRA-W Summer REU and AccessComputing Summer Scholarship Award, Summer 2018
Dean’s list, Montgomery College, June 2012 – 2015
The Barbara Frederickson College Literacy Award (Montgomery College), May 2015

Memberships

CompuTerps (University of Maryland)
National Foundation for the Blind
American Foundation for the Blind
Access Computing/CRA-W
The American Association of People with Disabilities

Interest

Computer/Network technical support services

I hope to pass along my knowledge and resources by volunteering my time and resources to all. Provide technical support services to family, neighbors and friends and follow God’s guidance the Jesuit way provide all facets of computer help desk support such as troubleshooting, installations, and maintenance.

Football

Talk about world issues during the game, eat and socialize with friends

Contact

Address
4130 Campus Drive, Hornbake Library South, Room 2116A
College Park, MD 20742
Phone Number
(301)625-0000
Mobile Number
(301)254-9333
Email
EbrimaHJarjue@Gmail.com