Welcome to A11y Lab

We always welcome students passionate about accessibility to join our team (more info) !

A11y Lab is part of the Human-Centered Design and Development (HCDD) program at College of Information Science and Technology (IST) in the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).

A11y stands for Accessibility – there are 11 letters between the “A” and the “y”. We believe accessibility is a human right; we also believe making things accessible for people with disabilities is a hard problem. Often, this problem is layered, multi-dimensinoal, and difficult to describe and theorize.

At A11y Lab, we aim to address the following challenges:

  • How to make non-visual interaction as efficient as visual interaction?
  • How to make Assistive Technologies easy-to-learn, frictionless, and ubiquitous?
  • How to build new assistive technology to augment or empower human capability?
  • How to design robust, efficient, and extensible accessibility APIs in modern Operating Systems?

Please feel free to contact me if you are also working on these challenges and interested in collaborating with us.


Feb 28, 2022
Received two seed grants ($33K and $40K)

Dec 20, 2021
Our paper, Opportunities for Human-AI Collaboration in Remote Sighted Assistance is accepted to IUI 2022

Nov 16, 2021
Our journal paper, Iterative Design and Prototyping of Computer Vision Mediated Remote Sighted Assistance is accepted to ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI)

Oct 08, 2021
2 papers submitted to IUI 2022

Sept 09, 2021
3 papers submitted to CHI 2022

August 06, 2021
Our paper, Tilt-Explore: Making Tilt Gestures Usable for Low-Vision Smartphone Users is accepted to UIST 2021

June 15, 2021
Our paper, Understanding Screen Readers' Plugins is accepted to ASSETS 2021

August 05, 2020
Our poster, Towards Multi-Wheel Input Device for Non-Visual Interaction is accepted to UIST 2020

July 24, 2020
Our paper on balancing actors' gender and skin-color in live telecasts is accepted to CSCW 2020

March 05, 2020
Our poster Wayfinding and Navigating in Virtual Environment: Learning from Audio Games is accepted in Thinking Within Symposium 2020 – Exploring Immersive Technologies in Education and Research

Nov. 08, 2019

Our NIH proposal for building space-compacting magnifier is accepted!

Oct. 30, 2019

Our paper DarkReader got the best paper nominee award in ASSETS 2019!

Sept 20, 2019

1 paper is submitted to CHI 2020

June 28, 2019

1 paper is accepted in ASSETS 2019!

May 2, 2019

1 paper is submitted to ASSETS 2019

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