Project Description

In this research, we investigate current methods and tools— both technological and non-technological—that people with impairments use to evaluate the accessibility of the built environment (e.g., streets, businesses) and plan and execute travel. Through participatory design, we actively engage our participants in brainstorming and designing the future of what we call assistive location-based technologies (ALTs)—location-based technologies that specifically incorporate accessibility features to help people with impairments explore, search, and navigate the physical world. Thus far, we have primarily focused on people with mobility impairments but the research agenda is much broader and impacts people of all abilities (sensory, cognitive, and physical). In our CHI'16 paper, we explored: What modern technologies do people with mobility impairments use to evaluate the accessibility of the built environment? What role does technology have in making decisions about travel—both a priori (e.g., when planning) and in situ (e.g., when moving about)? How could future technologies be designed to further improve the way they navigate the physical world? At our CHI'18 SIG, we organized the HCI community to discuss grand challenges and potential solutions under the umbrella of 'inclusive maps.'


Designing Interactive Data-Driven Tools for Understanding Urban Accessibility at Scale

Manaswi Saha

UW CS PhD Dissertation

Visualizing Urban Accessibility: Investigating Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives through a Map-based Design Probe Study

Manaswi Saha, Siddhant Patil, Emily Cho, Evie Yu-Yen Cheng, Chris Horng, Devanshi Chauhan, Rachel Kangas, Richard McGovern, Anthony Li, Jeffrey Heer, Jon E. Froehlich

CHI | Acceptance Rate: 24.7% (637 / 2579)

Interactive Computational Tools for Assessing and Understanding Urban Accessibility At Scale

Manaswi Saha

SIGACCESS Newsletter 2020

Grand challenges in accessible maps

Jon E. Froehlich, Anke Brock, Anat Caspi, Joao Guerreiro, Kotaro Hara, Reuben Kirkham, Johannes Schoning, Benjamin Tannert


Interactively Modeling and Visualizing Neighborhood Accessibility at Scale: An Initial Study of Washington DC

Anthony Li, Manaswi Saha, Anupam Gupta, Jon E. Froehlich

Extended Abstract Proceedings of ASSETS 2018

SIG: Making Maps Accessible and Putting Accessibility in Maps

Anke Brock, Jon E. Froehlich, Joao Guerreiro, Benjamin Tannert, Anat Caspi, Johannes Schoning, Steve Landau

Extended Abstract Proceedings of CHI 2018

The Design of Assistive Location-based Technologies for People with Ambulatory Disabilities: A Formative Study

Kotaro Hara, Christine Chan, Jon E. Froehlich

Proceedings of CHI 2016 | Acceptance Rate: 25.0% (600 / 2400)