South East European University, Contemporary Sciences & Technologies (2012-present)

Member of Human-Computer Interaction and Knowledge Management research group

  • Investigating the needs of the local blind and visually impaired community and development of assistive technologies to help their education
  • Building a network of partners with international and local researchers including non-governmental organizations providing support to people with special needs

Grants supporting the research

  • Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), (€14.500.00)
    Partnership with Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden                                       October 2013 – October 2014

Indiana University, School of Informatics (2007-2012)

Research Assistant, Main Advisors: Davide Bolchini, PhD and Steve Mannheimer, MFA

  • Developing, conducting and analyzing questionnaire and interview data gathered when conducting research with the blind and visually impaired K12 students at Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI).
  • Designing, developing and evaluating a touch-screen Acoustic Interface with blind and visually impaired participants from ISBVI.
  • Designing, developing and evaluating innovative accessible website navigation strategies with blind and visually impaired participants from ISBVI.
  • Designing two advanced back navigation (topic- and list-based) strategies for screen reader users
  • Implementing these advanced back navigation strategies in a prototype (Webtime) using PhP, MySQL and CSS.
  • Evaluating the efficiency, effectiveness, navigation experience and cognitive load with 10 blind high-school students at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI) in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Evaluating an Acoustic Interface (AEDIN) for 20 blind and visually impaired participants from the ISBVI
  • Designing, conducting and analyzing the data from an experiment conducted with 8 participants from the ISBVI
  • Designing and developing a web-based tool (ASCOLTA) to generate non-speech sounds for the education of the blind and visually impaired K-12 students
  • Evaluating and analysing the data from the evaluation of ASCOLTA with 3 teachers at ISBVI
  • Preparing and writing papers submitted to SigDOC, HealthINF, IsLAND, HCI International, ASSETS and CHI conferences
  • Presenting papers to SigDOC
  • Preparing, designing and presenting posters to IUPUI Research Day and World Usability Day

Grants supporting the research

  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust ($115,000.00)                                                2007-2009
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), IIS-1018054 ($456,311.00)                             2010-2012