João Guerreiro is a Project Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on supporting independent navigation of people with visual impairments using either real-world navigation assistance or virtual navigation to gain prior knowledge of the environment. He obtained a PhD from the University of Lisbon on the use of non-visual interfaces with simultaneous speech to speed-up blind people’s access to personally relevant digital information. João Guerreiro is the main contact person for this workshop.

Hernisa Kacorri is an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, College Park. Her expertise is on technologies that leverage artificial intelligence to address human challenges, faced due to health or disability. Her work emphasises rigorous experimental methodologies and early user involvement to assess impact. Her recent work on technologies for people with visual impairments focuses on personalizing object recognizers through teachable machines, as well as uncovering behavioral patterns and environmental factors from real-world mobility data.

Jeffrey P. Bigham is an Associate Professor and PhD Director in the Human-Computer Interaction and Language Technologies Institutes in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Bigham’s research combines crowdsourcing and machine learning to make novel deployable interactive systems, and ultimately solve hard problems in computer science. Many of these systems are designed with a deep understanding of the needs of people with disabilities to be useful in their everyday lives. He received his B.S.E degree in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2003, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2009. He has received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 Award, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Edward Cutrell is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research where he explores computing for disability, accessibility, and inclusive design in the Ability Group. Over the years, he has worked on a broad range of HCI topics and technologies including input technologies, search interfaces, intelligent notifications, and systems useful for people living in underserved rural and urban communities in developing countries. He also holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the Information School at the University of Washington. Ed has worked in the field of HCI since 2000 and received his PhD from the University of Oregon in cognitive neuropsychology.

Daisuke Sato is a Technical Leader in the Accessibility Research Group at IBM Research – Tokyo. He is leading the development of cognitive assistance research to help visually impaired people regain information in the real world. He is the main contributor of the NavCog project, a smartphone-based indoor navigation app for visually impaired people with accurate and scalable positioning. He obtained a PhD and a MSc from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. His PhD focused on interfaces to improve accessibility through cooperative efforts by visually impaired people and remote workers.

Dragan Ahmetovic is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Turin, Italy. His research focuses on improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by overcoming barriers that limit their access to information and the physical world. He works on assistive technologies that augment cognitive capabilities of the users, through embodied sensing, knowledge retrieval, and human computer interaction, mediated by mobile and pervasive devices, during tasks such as mobility, surroundings awareness and information access.

Chieko Asakawa is an IBM Fellow since 2009. Series of pioneering technologies generated under Chieko’s leadership at IBM Research Tokyo significantly contributed in advancing information accessibility in the last three decades. Today, Chieko is focusing on advancing cognitive assistant research to help the blind regain information by augmenting missing or weakened abilities in the real world. She was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2013, the government of Japan awarded her the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon. She has been also serving as an IBM Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.