Oct 20th, 2015 We wrote an article on the SIGACCESS Newsletter!


1151 A.V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Hi! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park. I work with Prof. Jon Froehlich in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.

My research focus is in Human-Computer Interaction. The goal of my dissertation project is to collect and deliver information about street-scape accessibility of cities to support people with mobility impairments. Using geo-tagged street-scape imagery like Google Street View as data source, we locate sidewalk accessibility barriers and faciliatators via crowdsourcing and automated methods.

Selected Publications

  • Hara, K. and Iqbal S.T. (2015). "Effect of Machine Translation in Interlingual Conversation: Lessons from a Formative Study" Proceedings of CHI 2015, Seoul, Korea.
  • Hara, K., Sun, J., Moore, R., Jacobs, D., and Froehlich, J. (2014). "Tohme: Detecting Curb Ramps in Google Street View Using Crowdsourcing, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning" Proceedings of UIST 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
  • Hara, K., Azenkot, S., Campbell, M., Bennett, C., Le, V., Pannella, S., Moore, R., Minckler, K., Ng, R., and Froehlich, J. (2013). “Improving Public Transit Accessibility for Blind Riders by Crowdsourcing Bus Stop Landmark Locations with Google Street View” Proceedings of ASSETS 2013, Bellevue, Washington, USA. Best Paper Award
  • Hara, K., Le, V., Froehlich, J. (2013). "Combining Crowdsourcing and Google Street View to Identify Street-level Accessibility Problems" Proceedings of CHI 2013, Paris, France, Apr 24-May 2, 2013.