News

Dec 13th, 2015 One full paper got accepted to CHI 2016
Oct 20th, 2015 We wrote an article on the SIGACCESS Newsletter!

Contact

2117 Hornbake Library, South Wing
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

kotaro@cs.umd.edu
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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 focuses on design of systems to collect and deliver information about accessibility of streets and sidewalks that help people with mobility impairments. Using geo-tagged street-level imagery like Google Street View as data source, we locate sidewalk accessibility problems with crowdsourcing and computer vision technologies.

I am currently on the job market and looking for a research job in industry research or a post-doc position!

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.
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  • 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. ACM CR Best of Computing
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  • 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
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  • 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.
    [pdf]