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.

Selected Publications

  • The Design of Assistive Location-based Technologies for People with Ambulatory Disabilities: A Formative Study
    Hara, K., Chen, C and Froehlich, J.
    Proceedings of CHI 2016, San Jose, USA.
    [pdf]
  • Effect of Machine Translation in Interlingual Conversation: Lessons from a Formative Study
    Hara, K. and Iqbal, S.T.
    Proceedings of CHI 2015, Seoul, Korea.
    [pdf] | [bib]
  • Tohme: Detecting Curb Ramps in Google Street View Using Crowdsourcing, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning
    Hara, K., Sun, J., Moore, R., Jacobs, D., and Froehlich, J.
    Proceedings of UIST 2014, ACM CR Best of Computing
    [pdf] | [YouTube]
  • Improving Public Transit Accessibility for Blind Riders by Crowdsourcing Bus Stop Landmark Locations with Google Street View
    Hara, K., Azenkot, S., Campbell, M., Bennett, C., Le, V., Pannella, S., Moore, R., Minckler, K., Ng, R., and
    Froehlich, J.
    Proceedings of ASSETS 2013, Bellevue, Washington. Best Paper Award
    [pdf]
  • Combining Crowdsourcing and Google Street View to Identify Street-level Accessibility Problems
    Hara, K., Le, V., Froehlich, J.
    Proceedings of CHI 2013, Paris, France, Apr 24-May 2, 2013.
    [pdf]