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For Immediate Release:

Molly Z. Mackinlay
Stanford University
+1 425 224 3111 (cell)


Paris, France April 27-May 2 – The ACM Computer-Human Interaction Conference features innovative research to make technology more accessible for a variety of populations.  CHI 2013 http://chi2013.acm.org/  runs from April 27-May 2, at Le Palais de Congrès de Paris.  Presenters include researchers from the University of Maryland, who discovered a low-cost way to recruit a broad spectrum of users with motor impairments for their goal of making touchscreen devices more accessible in their paper Analyzing User-Generated YouTube Videos to Understand Touchscreen Use by People with Motor Impairments.  Using YouTube videos, they were able to diagnose breakdowns and hypothesize solutions to real user issues with assistive technology.  This approach enabled usability designers to collect first-hand insights without the cost and extensive coordination required by large-scale lab studies.

Other CHI 2013 sessions on accessibility include:

The Efficacy of Human Post-Editing for Language Translation, presented by researchers at Stanford University, USA, provides an analysis of the benefits provided by machine suggestion in human translation time and quality.

SPRWeb: Preserving Subjective Responses to Website Colour Schemes through Automatic Recolouring, presented by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Harvard University, USA, demonstrates a new way to maintain an original color scheme’s subjective quality while improving color differentiation for users with color vision deficiency.

Age-Related Differences in Performance with Touchscreens Compared to Traditional Mouse Input, presented by researcher from the University of Maryland College Park, USA, and the University of Washington, USA, compares the performance of older adults on touchpads versus desktop applications with the performance of younger users.

About CHI 2013

Featuring over 900 works, the CHI conference is the premier worldwide forum for the exchange of information on all aspects of human-computer interaction. CHI 2013 addresses research on all aspects of human-computer interaction (HCI), case studies of interactive system designs, proof-of-concept innovative systems, and presentations on the challenges and innovations in the field.  In addition to a long-standing focus on professionals in design, engineering, management, and user experience; this year’s conference has made special efforts to serve communities in: Child-Computer Interaction, Digital Arts, Games & Entertainment, Health, Sustainability, and HCI4D. For complete information about this year’s conference, consult the Advance Program. More than 3000 professionals from over 40 countries are expected at this year’s conference, which marks 31 years of research, innovation and development of the Computer-Human Interaction community.


CHI 2013 is sponsored by ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI). SIGCHI  includes research, design, development, and evaluation efforts for interactive computer systems, and focuses on how people communicate and interact with a broadly-defined range of computer systems. SIGCHI serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among computer scientists, human factors scientists, psychologists, social scientists, designers, educators, and software engineers involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive computing systems.

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org), is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.