I'm an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. I'm also a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and I have an affiliate appointment in Computer Science.
My research goal is to ensure that the next generation of mobile and wearable technologies are designed to meet the needs of the broadest range of users. A major thread of my work focuses on designing new interfaces and interactions that are accessible to users with visual and motor impairments. More generally, I am interested in how to create technologies that adapt to accommodate individual user needs and preferences, whether to improve basic interactions such as touchscreen text entry or more complex tasks such as working with machine learning models. Although I often conduct qualitative and controlled lab studies, another objective of my work is to increase the scale at which we conduct accessibility research in HCI.
I received my PhD in Computer Science in 2009 from the University of British Columbia and spent two years at the University of Washington as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow before joining UMD. I received an NSF CAREER Award in 2014. My research is funded by NSF, the Department of Defense, Nokia and Google.