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Trace Faculty and Students Contribute to a Successful Virtual ASSETS 2021

Trace faculty and students contribute work and play key leadership roles at ASSETS 2021, which marks landmark 50th anniversaries for both the Trace R&D Center and SIGACCESS. The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility – ASSETS 2021 – wrapped up last week with a record-breaking 424 registrants, including 34 members of the […]

Trace Center Directs New Digital Accessibility Research During Covid-19 Pandemic

The Trace Research & Development Center at the UMD iSchool leads new initiatives to address accessibility barriers heightened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the critical importance of digital accessibility and the particularly high stakes for people with disabilities. With stay-at-home orders, extended periods of quarantine and many […]

Where in the World (Wide Web) is the Trace Center?

The UMD iSchool celebrates the Trace Center’s 50th Anniversary highlighting some of its most influential technologies and industry standards developed to create a more accessible world for all. Since 1971, the Trace Research & Development Center has helped millions of people interact with the world using common everyday devices, like telephones and computers. Originally formed […]

Celebrating the UMD iSchool and Trace Center’s Commitment to Advancing Innovations for Older Populations

Developing innovative technologies, co-designing with seniors, and advocating for accessibility rights.   The University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool), home of the renowned Trace Research and Development Center, is a leader in accessible information technology, systems, and research. Strengthening resilience, self-sufficiency, and quality of life among seniors and older Americans with disabilities […]

UMD iSchool Faculty and Students Lead the Way at the ASSETS 2020 Conference

As a leader in the development of and advocacy for accessible information technology, systems, and research – the UMD iSchool is represented broadly in this year’s event. The 2020 International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, known as the ASSETS Conference, taking place October 26-28, is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on the […]

(Video) engAGED: Considering Technology and Access for Older Adults Discussion

Research experts from the UMD iSchool and School of Nursing discuss the use of and access to technology among older adults. Computers and smartphones have become important tools for everyday life, and the use of this technology continues to rise among those of all ages. However, there are still a significant number of older adults […]

UMD iSchool Awarded NSF Grant to Design Personalized Self-Tracking Tech for Older Adults to Improve Physical Activities

Choe, Kacorri, and A. Lazar aim to examine how older adults can personalize activity trackers through teachable interfaces to capture meaningful daily activities. University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) researchers, in collaboration with Penn State researchers, have been awarded a four-year $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund […]

Research Will Test Finger-worn Sensor That Tracks Stroke Survivors’ Arm Movements

Dr. Eun Kyoung Choe to work with UMass research team on project awarded $2.4 million NIH grant. AMHERST, Mass. – A University of Massachusetts Amherst health informatician is developing a mobile health (mHealth) system, leveraging a wearable sensor that slips on a finger like a ring, to monitor and encourage movement and activity in the […]

SIGACCESS Release: Jonathan Lazar – Outstanding Contribution Recipient 2020

Dr. Jonathan Lazar was named the winner of the 2020 ACM SIGACCESS Award (Special Interest Groups on Accessible Computing) for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility. It is the highest award given by ACM SIGACCESS. Jonathan Lazar, PhD, LLM is a professor in the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland, and core faculty in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL). […]

Gregg Vanderheiden delivers Keynote at International Human Computer Interface Conference

Gregg Vanderheiden proposes an alternate approach to accessibility and extended usability for next-next generation UI/UX. Gregg Vanderheiden, Professor and Director of the Trace R&D Center at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, delivered the keynote address at the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. He highlighted a growing gap between current UI and UX design and people […]

Leveraging Partnerships to Enhance Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion in Curriculum

Working with industry, community, and LIS partners to create hands-on learning opportunities for students and revolutionize curriculum. Since its founding more than 50 years ago, the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program has produced library and information professionals who are experts and innovators in utilizing […]

Maryland Today: Pushing for Access, featuring Paul Jaeger

Dr. Paul Jaeger describes how 30 years after its passing, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) has opened many doors for students and faculty with disabilities at UMD. In the Maryland Today article, “Pushing for Access” by Chris Carroll, Carroll interviews Professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) Paul Jaeger about the […]

UMD TRACE Center is Leading the Way in Researching and Designing Tools for Digital Accessibility During COVID-19

The UMD iSchool Trace Research and Development Center is taking up the challenge of accessibility work during the pandemic. In the face of COVID-19 and the nearly overnight shift to mandatory online and virtual interactions, the topic of digital accessibility for people with disabilities has a greatly increased importance. Companies,organizations, government agencies, universities, and schools […]

Getting Personal: How People Who are Blind Can Leverage AI to Access the Visual World

The Teachable Object Recognizer mobile application uses AI and machine learning to help access the visual world. Spending more time at home due to the pandemic, many of us are occupied with more indoor activities than before. From cooking and crafts to household projects, we interact with everyday objects, new and old, from packages of food to […]

Dr. Jonathan Lazar Honored for High-Impact Research in ICT Accessibility

Dr. Jonathan Lazar, Professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) College of Information Studies (iSchool), was honored Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the annual UMD Research Excellence Celebration – receiving the Exemplary Researcher award for his significant contributions to making technology and digital content more accessible for people with disabilities. The UMD Research Excellence Celebration […]

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